Firefighters battled nine active wildfires burning in California today.
The Kincade and Tick fires are among the largest of nine fires burning in the state, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire. The other seven are either fully contained or have burned less than 145 acres.
Here are the latest developments:
- The Kincade Fire: The blaze scorched at least 21,900 acres in Sonoma County and destroyed at least 49 buildings, according to Cal Fire. The blaze prompted massive evacuations and triggered a power shutoff.
- The Tick Fire exploded to more than 3,000 acres in just a few hours: The fire burned 4,300 acres and was 5% contained. The cause of the fire is unknown.
- Extremely critical fire conditions: Red flag warnings were posted for more than 18 million people across the region, including the Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas.
- Fire risks will continue into the weekend: Strong winds and critically low relative humidity values will be present throughout the Sacramento Valley beginning Saturday night into Sunday.