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Smoke from California’s Kinkade Fire Prompts Air Quality Concerns

Smoke from California’s Kinkade Fire Prompts Air Quality Concerns

A wildfire raging in Northern California wine country grew overnight and firefighters are desperate to control it in advance of heavy winds forecast for Saturday.

State fire officials said on their website Friday that the fire that started Wednesday night in Sonoma County had grown to 34 square miles (88 square kilometers) Friday morning.

The fire has destroyed 49 buildings and is 5% contained.

The fire was whipped up by the strong winds that prompted the Pacific Gas & Electric utility to impose sweeping blackouts affecting about 500,000 people in Northern and central California.

The utility says power was restored to most people by Thursday evening but is warning of another broad shutdown that could affect 2 million people starting Saturday.

About 2,000 people in the wine country town of Geyserville and surrounding areas were under orders to evacuate.

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