Tuesday morning report from Oregon Public Broadcasting:
The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County which has burned since Wednesday evening has destroyed 123 structures — 57 are residences — and damaged 20 other structures. More than 4,300 fire personnel are assigned to fight it.
The Kincade Fire has forced the evacuation of approximately 180,000 people in Sonoma County, according to member station KQED in San Francisco. Some people in western Sonoma County are being allowed to return to their homes but local officials are warning them to be prepared to evacuate again if the fire should flare up again due to the strong winds expected Tuesday.
A number of Newport, Depoe Bay and Lincoln City firefighters with fire trucks are in Northern California to help fight a horrific fire northwest of San Francisco Bay. The Kincaid Fire has blackened 74,000 thousands acres and has destroyed over 100 homes and forced nearly 200,000 residents to flee their communities in the Geyserville and Healdsburg area. The fast-moving, multi-headed blaze will continue to be pushed by high winds that won’t taper off until late in the day on Wednesday. Firefighters that were summoned to the fire say they could be down there for the next two weeks depending on weather conditions and fire behavior. An engine company from Lincoln City was also enroute to northern California to help out.