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Debris from a hilltop home smolders after being burned by the Tick Fire Thursday Oct. 25 2019 in Santa Clarita Calif. An estimated 50,000 people were under evacuation orders in the Santa Clarita area north of Los Angeles as hot dry Santa Ana winds

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Though winds aren't forecast to be as strong as the current system, it'll still create risky fire conditions.

A fence burns in front of a vineyard as the Kincade Fire burns in Healdsburg, Calif., on Oct 27, 2019. "Had to emergency evacuate my house and I've been driving around with my family trying to get rooms".

Dry conditions with high winds across the state have made California a "tinderbox", said Jonathan Cox, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

An estimated 180,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders, including parts of Santa Rosa and a large swath of Sonoma County to the Pacific Ocean.

"We executed the single largest evacuation in the history of our about five hours", Foppoli said. "Take care of each other", the office tweeted.

"Our town leadership has been evacuated twice from our command center", Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli told KGO-TV on Sunday morning from a makeshift command post in Santa Rosa. The historic Soda Rock Winery in Sonoma County went up in flames.

Resources assigned to the Kincade Fire include 352 engines, 28 water tenders, 10 helicopters, and 51 dozers for a total of 3,441 personnel.

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It said: "A number of wildfires are now burning across California".

Gusts as high as 129kmh swept through the hills and valleys north of the San Francisco Bay area and could continue until at least the early afternoon.

Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, which also had started a voluntary evacuation Saturday night, came under a mandatory evacuation order at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, KGO reported.

With air quality visibly declining on campus Sunday, the University is urging students and faculty to stay indoors where possible to minimize exposure, according to an AlertSU. Cal Maritime is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast.

In central California, a tree toppled in strong wind Sunday killed a woman and injured a man, officials said.

More than 500 firefighters were working on the fire Thursday as "sustained winds of 20 miles per hour and gusts of 40 miles per hour were recorded", the Los Angeles County fire chief said.

In Southern California, the Los Angeles fire erupted before dawn Monday and roared up slopes into well-to-do neighborhoods, threatening thousands of homes.

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Around 2,000 people were ordered to evacuate the area after a brush fire was sparked Wednesday night and was fanned by dry winds into an inferno.

More than a million homes and businesses were without power on Monday morning.

The utility said Sunday more than 1 million customers have been affected by both planned and unplanned blackouts in recent days.

Officials at the Getty art museum said the fire was burning north of the building, which was designed with thick stone walls to protect its treasures from flames. According to Bill Johnson, chief executive of PG&E Corporation, these power shutoffs are "a necessary tool for public safety".

PG&E has come under fierce scrutiny after power was earlier shut down to almost 28,000 customers in Sonoma County this past week, but some high-voltage transmission lines were still operating when the fire broke out.

The possible link between the wine country fire and a PG&E transmission line contained grim parallels to a year ago when most of the town of Paradise burned, killing 85 people in the deadliest USA blaze in a century.

Californians exhausted of losing electricity might have to get used to it.

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Earlier this year, the company warned it could proactively cut power more often during risky weather conditions as a means of preventing wildfires caused by high winds downing live power equipment.

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