LeBron James evacuates home threatened by California fire


"We are deploying every resource available, and are coordinating with numerous agencies as we continue to respond to these fires", Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

It had burned 122 square kilometres and destroyed 79 structures.

Only about 5% of that fire was contained early on Monday after crews lost ground against a wind-driven flareup a day earlier.

The fire was expected to be especially unwieldy on Sunday because of powerful winds.

"Right now there are gusts of 35-55 miles per hour", he said on Monday. He is due to return on Tuesday night at the same venue to play the Memphis Grizzlies.

Embers from the Kincade Fire were suspected of igniting a blaze Sunday morning in Vallejo, some 56 miles from the epicenter of the blaze in Sonoma County, and prompting the partial closure of Interstate 80. The Tick Fire, near Santa Clarita in the southern portion of the state, had destroyed 24 residences and damaged another 36, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said, adding the fire was 70% contained.

Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power as California's Pacific Gas and Electric Co. cut power as a preventative measure. Some of those people might not have their power restored from the current outage before the next major shutdown, which would leave them without electricity for five days or longer, said Mark Quinlan, PG&E's emergency preparedness and response director. PG&E said its goal is to restore power to a "vast majority" of customers within 48 hours after the winds have died down.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Santa Ana winds began to pick back up Sunday night and were expected to last through Monday, increasing fire risks.

But PG&E Expects to issue a weather "All Clear" for safety inspections and restoration work to begin early Monday morning for Northern Sierras and North Coast, the company announced early Monday. "However, due to the dynamic and changing weather conditions, and high fire risk, some customers who are now out of power may remain out throughout the duration of the next potential PSPS event".

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Forty-three of California's 58 counties are under a red-flag watch for high fire danger.

California made a request for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a national state-to-state mutual aid system, and the OR state fire marshal authorized the mobilization of 15 strike teams.

The fire has been intensified by winds of up to 102mph which have helped it pursue a faster course through the state.

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in response to the wildfires, powered by gusts that reached more than 102 miles per hour.

Many people fled into neighboring areas like Marin County and struggled to find shelter, CNN affiliate KPIX reported. "It just rages and suddenly it stops, and you see a bird drifting by", she said.

Roughly 175,000 people live in Santa Rosa, and many of those residents may join the 90,000 people in Sonoma County who were already ordered to leave their homes Saturday night. "We still have another 24 hours of risky red-flag conditions".

Evacuees included 13 emergency room patients, 8 neonatal patients and 10 intensive care patients, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported.

Thousands of homes across Sonoma County were being threatened by embers that could land anywhere the wind blows.

He said he wasn't sure who, if anyone, to blame for the repeated fires, but said he didn't fault PG&E for turning off the electricity to try to prevent them.