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California is bracing for another dangerously warm weekend, with dry winds, parched vegetation, and triple-digit temperatures threatening to ignite new fires and complicating containment efforts in an embattled state.
This is the Easy Fire, the one that gnawed the perimeter of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and it quickly disappears from sight. It’s nighttime now, and the winding roads and staggered hillsides perform sleights of hand. A wildfire can be hard to find and easy to lose. Hunting for one, you stumble upon another. Farther west in Somis, there is a soft orange glow over a ridge. A sunrise from the north. A newborn wildfire. It’s so new that police officers — mapping evacuations on the hood of a cruiser on East La Loma Avenue — aren’t sure of its name.
Firefighters in California have been batting numerous blazes nonstop, trying to save millions of people and homes from the flames. The biggest fire, the Kincade Fire, has incinerated parts of the wine country in Sonoma County since last week. Further south, multiple wildfires continue spreading near Los Angeles and surrounding counties.
A Southern California utility said late Friday that minutes after it had restored electricity to a power line that had been shut off to prevent a wildfire, another blaze erupted nearby Thursday night in an area northwest of Los Angeles.
A new blaze known as the Hillside fire forced residents to flee as strong winds drove the flames.
To help visualize the immense size of the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, graphic artist Todd Trumbull created these maps to compare the burn area as of 7 p.m. Oct. 28 to the footprint of San Francisco, which is about 30,000 acres.
California has seen almost 160,000 acres burn in wildfires in 2019, a fraction of the amount that had burned by this time last year, according to Cal Fire data, which includes wildfires 10 acres or larger.