8:21 a.m. Mines Fire in Alameda County mostly contained: The Mines Fire off Mines Rd and Del Valle Rd southeast of Livermore, is 35 acres and 98% contained, according to Cal Fire.
8:17 a.m. Winds may have peaked: The National Weather Service said that winds will “start to reduce compared to the peak experienced in the last few hours, but remain strong today with a ramp up tonight. Winds will really ease Monday morning and into the afternoon. Smoke that drifts to the Bay Area can add haze and reduce air quality.”
8:02 a.m. Evacuations ordered in East Bay Clayton fire: Evacuations have been ordered for Leon Court, Leon Drive and Leon Way. “Residents should leave immediately,” Contra Costa fire officials said.
7:48 a.m. ‘Largest’ evacuation in memory, 180,000 forced to flee: The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says the evacuation orders for 180,000 people affected by the Kincade Fire is the “largest that any of us at the Sheriff’s Office can remember.”
7:42 a.m. Evacuation centers available for those fleeing Kincade fire: People can seek shelter at one of four evacuation centers, according to Cal Fire. They are: Santa Rosa Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Road), Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds (175 Fairgrounds Road, Petaluma), Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (1351 Maple Avenue) and Petaluma Veterans Center (1094 Petaluma Blvd).
7:40 a.m. Gas stations may be running short: Thousands of cars rolled south down Highway 101 near Santa Rosa early Sunday morning, following widespread evacuation orders. At a Shell station just off Highway 101 and Steele Lane, an employee said the station was nearly out of gas and wouldn’t be getting any more in until while there was still a danger of fire.
7:25 a.m. Peak wind gusts hit 93, 87 mph: The National Weather Service released information about peak overnight gusts across the Bay Area. The strongest recorded wind was 93 mph in the Healdsburg Hills north, followed by 87 mph at Mt. Saint Helena.
️The winds definitely came in overnight with a peak gust of 93 mph at Healdsburg Hills North. Here is a complete list of gusts around the region https://t.co/5b76IpN6FB #cawx #cafire pic.twitter.com/lyS8EB9JTl
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 27, 2019
7:16 a.m. Highway 101 reopening: Officials are in the process of reopening the highway to through traffic between Santa Rosa and Cloverdale, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
7:15 a.m. Kincade Fire now 30,000 acres: The fire has grown by about 5,000 acres since late Saturday night, according to Cal Fire. It remains 10% contained. It has destroyed 79 structures and threatened 31,175 structures.
7:07 a.m. Structure burns in Oakley: A structure has burned in the Oakley fire, according to the Contra Costa Fire Protection District. There were no immediate details.
6:20 a.m. Two fires reported in Bethel Island, Oakley: A fire near 3505 Gateway Boulevard in Bethel Island threatened structures, forced evacuations and closed down the local road, said the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. A second “potentially dangerous” grass fire near Bethel Island Road and Cypress Road in Oakley also prompted evacuations of the Summer Lake neighborhood, Knightsen Avenue and Delta Road area in Oakley. Evacuees were told to go to Delta Vista Middle School at 4901 Frank Hengel Way, Oakley.
6 a.m. Moville Vineyards building burned down: The Healdsburg vineyard at 10650 Highway 128 has a building that was destroyed.
5:49 a.m. Strongest winds yet near Kincade Fire: The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 93 mph in Healdsburg Hills North, a few minutes after reporting peak gusts of 87 mph and said “the strongest gusts we’ve seen all night are occurring right now.”
5:49 a.m. Field Stone Winery burns: The Healdsburg winery is the second confirmed fire at a winery after Soda Rock Winery.
5:40 a.m. New fire east of Petaluma: The National Weather Service reported a new fire near Temelec in Sonoma County.
5:12 a.m. Highway 101 closed indefinitely: Northbound lanes of Highway 101 at Hopper Avenue in northern Santa Rosa and soundbound lanes at Cloverdale Boulevard South in Cloverdale are closed, said the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
5 a.m. Community center evacuated: Sonoma County said that the Finley Community Center, which had been an evacuation center, has now been evacuated. “Please do not go there,” the county tweeted.
4:45 a.m. Soda Rock Winery burning: The Healdsburg winery on Highway 128 is completely engulfed in flames, and Cal Fire determined the building is unsalvageable. Originally built in 1869, the stone structure has been home to various wineries and was most recently renovated by Ken and Diane Wilson.
4:30 a.m. Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital evacuates: 97 patients have been evacuated from the Sutter Health hospital, and around 200 staff will follow, said Shaun Ralston, a hospital spokesman. “Everybody is accounted for and out the door,” he said. Patients will be moved to other hospitals in Sonoma County, Marin County and San Francisco, he said. The hospital isn’t in immediate danger from the Kincade Fire but is in an evacuation zone. “It’s definitely getting closer,” Ralston said of the fire.
4:22 a.m. Northeast Santa Rosa not under mandatory evacuation: Areas including Fountaingrove, Oakmont and Rincon Valley, designated as Sonoma County’s Evacuation Zone 6, are not under mandatory evacuation, the Santa Rosa police said. The county sheriff’s office incorrectly said the areas were in an earlier alert, but later said Porter Creek, Petrified Forrest, Calistoga and St. Helena Roads were under mandatory evacuation. A detailed evacuation map is available here.
4:17 a.m. 40 more fire engines ordered to fight Kincade Fire: Cal Fire is seeking reinforcements as it battles the Kincade Fire, which has been pushed south by wind past Highway 128, said spokesman Edwin Zuniga. Firefighters are now finding defensible homes from which to fight the fire.
3:48 a.m. Mandatory evacuations expand to Sebastopol, Bloomfield and Valley Ford: Evacuations are now mandatory in Sonoma County’s Evacuation Zone 8, “all areas west of Fulton Road, Llano Road, Pepper Road to the Marin County Line,” the sheriff’s office said. A detailed map is available here.
3:35 a.m. Evacuations ordered in Windsor: “Heavy wind, smoke, and debris around Arata Lane and Brooks Road in Windsor. Evacuate now,” said the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. An evacuation was already in place.
3:30 a.m. New fire east of Antioch: The National Weather service said a new fire was detected near Bethel Island east of Antioch. No other details were immediately available.
3:25 a.m. Kincade Fire threatens Healdsburg: Winds have picked up and fire activity has significantly increased and heading our way. LEAVE NOW,” city officials said. An evacuation was already in place.
3:12 a.m. Kincade Fire spread reported on Chalk Hill Road: Fire officials said on radio the Kincade Fire spread past Highway 128 to Chalk Hill Road. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said “fire moving fast,” trees were down on Chalk Hill Road and it was not a recommended evacuation route.
3:00 a.m. Winds picking up near Geyserville: Winds are increasing in speed around Chalk Hill Road and Alexander Valley near Geyserville, said the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, urging all residents to evacuate.
2:49 p.m. Healdsburg Hills winds now gusting to 80 mph: The National Weather Service said winds have reached 80 miles per hour near Healdsburg.
2:17 a.m. 104,826 locations in Marin County without power: The Marin County Sheriff’s office said on Twitter the shut-off is affecting 104,826 locations. PG&E previously said 118,535 metered locations, or 99% of the county, could be affected by power shut-offs.
1:41 a.m. Winds of 80 to 90 mph reported at Kincade Fire: A tweet by CA Fire Scanner reported 80 to 90 mph winds from the north over the Kincade Fire area, and the National Weather Service retweeted the post. Weather officials also said gusts reached 70 miles per hour on Mount Saint Helena.
#KincadeFire (Sonoma Co) – AA6WA reporting 80-90mph wind gusts from the north w/ activity increasing @ the heel of the fire (northern side). Not so much movement on the head yet but anticipating it in the next hour.
— CA Fire Scanner (@CAFireScanner) October 27, 2019
1:13 a.m. Coffey Park residents on edge: Coffey Park, the Santa Rosa neighborhood devastated by the 2017 Tubbs Fire and since rebuilt, still had power after midnight as residents waited to find out whether they would once again be ordered to evacuate. Naea Kaluahine, 26, stood outside her brother’s home, taking a break from a Harry Potter-themed Halloween party. They had considered canceling the event after hearing earlier in the day about the mandatory evacuation orders for other parts of the county. Everyone was constantly checking their phones for updates.“We have to-go bags packed in our cars right now,” Kaluahine said. “So, we’re ready, but we’re trying not to let it get the best of us.” A short time later an evacuation warning was expanded to much of the city.
1:08 a.m. Walnut Creek structure fire could have been much worse: Officials said the building was abandoned or not in use, and it was not located in a blackout area. No injuries or fatalities were reported. Lon Goetsch, Contra Costa County’s assistant fire chief, said that winds are expected to kick up in a few hours to 70 miles per hour, and they were very lucky the fire happened before that time. “If those winds were going on … we would have had a catastrophe,” Goetsch said.
12:50 a.m. Much of Santa Rosa under evacuation warning: The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation warning for much of the city of roughly 175,000 people.
#KincadeFire Evacuation Warning issued for City of Santa Rosa. All areas starting East of western side of City, North of Guerneville Road, Steele Lane, Lewis Road, and Chanate Road, to Montecito Avenue to Montecito Boulevard to Calistoga Road, North to city limit. (1 of 2)
— Sonoma Sheriff (@sonomasheriff) October 27, 2019
Additionally, Evacuation Warning issued for all areas west of Fulton Road, Llano Road, and Pepper Road to the Marin County Line. (2 of 2) #KincadeFire
— Sonoma Sheriff (@sonomasheriff) October 27, 2019
12:46 a.m. Kincade Fire “burning hotter” as winds pick up: The National Weather Service said “increasing winds and drier air” are stoking the blaze in Sonoma County.
#KincadeFire responding to increasing winds and drier air arriving now. GOES-17 1-minute Fire Temperature satellite imagery clearly shows the fire starting to burn hotter. #CAwx #CAFire pic.twitter.com/IQmojduzxE
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 27, 2019
12:36 a.m. Walnut Creek structure fire: Firefighters have a vacant building fire under control at 1431 Oakland Blvd. in the Almond-Shuey neighborhood of Walnut Creek, said Steve Hill, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. The fire was reported at 11:44 p.m. on Saturday and was mostly out as of 12:32 a.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported and an investigator is on the scene.
— Citizen San Francisco Bay Area (@CitizenAppSFO) October 27, 2019
12:19 a.m. BART riders step out of trains and into darkness: At the Rockridge BART station in Oakland, anyone walking out of the fully powered platform was surprised by a College Avenue that was nearly pitch black — save for a few Lyft and Uber drivers and a handful of costumed revelers outside Ben ‘N Nick’s Bar & Grill. The neighborhood bar closed early.
Eerie scene in Oakland at 12:30 a.m.
Rockridge BART is fully powered and the “ROCKRIDGE” sign is on, but once you walk off the platform the neighborhood is so dark it’s hard to walk down the street.#poweroutage pic.twitter.com/1ZSPYL53hT
— Peter Hartlaub (@peterhartlaub) October 27, 2019
11:53 p.m. National Weather Service says “winds are on our doorstep”: Winds were measured at 50 mph in Colusa County.
The winds are on our doorstep- this station in Colusa County went from nearly calm winds to 50 mph gusts since 10 PM. Winds starting to increase across the North Bay hills as well. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/fAA9qN3Efw
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 27, 2019
11:31 p.m.: Tehama County fire forces evacuations: The Rawson Fire has spread to 600 acres and is threatening multiple structures and prompting evacuations at Troutbrook Road, Huckleberry Road and Canal View Road to Thomas Creek. Around 100 firefighters are responding, according to Cal Fire.
11:20 p.m. St. Mary’s students gather to study, kind of: At St. Mary’s College approaching 11 p.m. on Saturday night, students dealing with their second blackout in 16 days congregated in one of the only common areas with power — the campus dining hall. But there was a party atmosphere at most of the tables. At one point a student walked by, playing a sound clip from the breakdown-of-society horror film “The Purge” on a small speaker.
“I can’t concentrate,” said Ryoma Taniguchi, 20, who was trying with little success to study for a Wednesday psychology test.
“Some people see it as fun, but it’s an inconvenience because it restricts studying time,” said his friend, 23-year-old Joseph Jimenez. “The only place you can study is the public areas like here, where it’s hard to concentrate.”
10:43 p.m. Coffey Park warned about evacuations: Sonoma County expanded the area under an evacuation warning to include parts of northern Santa Rosa, including the Coffey Park neighborhood devastated by the 2017 Tubbs Fire. Here’s where to go if ordered to evacuate.
— CAL FIRE LNU (@CALFIRELNU) October 27, 2019
10:24 p.m. Where to go if you were ordered to evacuate your home: Five evacuation centers remained open Saturday night after 90,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes as extreme winds whip around the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County.
All of the evacuation centers will welcome people who have small animals. No identification is necessary to stay at an evacuation shelter, and officials made a point of noting that all government agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will not be granted access to the shelters.
Staff who speak English and Spanish will be at each site ready to assist residents. Below are the shelters and addresses:
• Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
• Petaluma Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma
• Petaluma Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma, CA 94952
• Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954
• Sonoma County Fairgrounds (Large animals only), 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa
10:01 p.m. Power outages have many frustrated: When his neighborhood went dark, Moraga resident Devon Thomas, 23, instinctively drove to St. Mary’s College, where he watches basketball games. The St. Mary’s gymnasium was a fully lit beacon on the mostly powerless campus, with the droning hum of a generator nearby. “The number one thing that’s on my mind, and the number one thing that I care about, is that there’s so much uncertainty surrounding the frequency that this will happen,” Thomas said. “To the general public’s knowledge there is no fix currently, and there doesn’t seem to be a fix in the works.”
9:40 p.m. Inmates in Santa Rosa evacuated: The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office evacuated inmates from the North County Detention Facility in Santa Rosa and took them to Alameda County.
All inmates at the North County Detention Facility in Santa Rosa have been evacuated and are being safely housed in Alameda County.
— Sonoma Sheriff (@sonomasheriff) October 27, 2019
9:30 p.m. When will the lights come back on? If your electricity goes off, it could be restored within a day or two, but be prepared for the outage to last up to a week, PG&E officials said. After the windy weather passes — probably by 8 a.m. Monday — inspectors have to assess every line before turning power back on in each area, and they may find hazards or damage. PG&E said it would have to inspect 30,000 miles of line. Officials said the company would use 42 aircraft to conduct aerial inspections.
9:26 p.m. Outages leave Novato bar in the dark: Chronicle staff writer Mallory Moench is in Novato documenting the PG&E blackouts. Follow her on Twitter.
Power went out to more customers in Novato. The owner of this bar left moments ago to pick up a generator in Richmond to be open tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/bxyyZrlzX0
— Mallory Moench (@mallorymoench) October 27, 2019
9:15 p.m. Poor, unhealthy air reported in parts of Bay Area: Air quality is poor to unhealthy in parts of the North Bay and East Bay, according to The Chronicle’s air quality tracker. Powerful winds that could reach up to 80 mph are expected to create a “catch-22” scenario in which the fire if fueled but some of the smoke could be blown out by Sunday.
9:08 p.m. Yosemite blacked out: PG&E said in a statement that its blackouts will cover Fresno and Madera counties, as well as additional customers in Mariposa County and Yosemite National Park.
9:00 p.m. PG&E says outages will affect 940,000 customers: The utility says the blackouts will cover 38 counties in Northern and Central California and last through Monday for some customers.
PG&E Has Begun De-energization of Electric Lines for Public Safety – Impacts Will Include Customers in Parts of 38 Counties in Northern and Central California, Historic Wind Event Will Affect 940,000 Customers and Last Through Monday https://t.co/XUqXZEo9k2 pic.twitter.com/nV4LlRdCDa
— PG&E (@PGE4Me) October 27, 2019
8:50 p.m. San Jose power outages begin: Shut-offs were reported in the Almaden and Evergreen neighborhoods.
Update: we can confirm @PGE4Me shutoffs have begun in Almaden and Evergreen. Please use our self-reporting tool to tell us whether you have power or not: https://t.co/QiFhlGiJcI. pic.twitter.com/CW5eofbmBg
— City of San José (@CityofSanJose) October 27, 2019
8:37 p.m. More than 3,500 lose power in southern Santa Clara County: At 8:08 p.m., power went out to 3,515 PG&E customers just south of Morgan Hill. The company is looking into the cause. See which areas are affected in real time with The Chronicle’s outage map.
8:34 p.m. Nearly 2,500 without power in San Mateo County: PG&E is assessing the cause. See which areas are affected in real time with The Chronicle’s outage map.
8:30 p.m. Marin County releases list of charging stations: Residents in affected areas can go to the following places to recharge cell phones and small devices:
• Bolinas: Bolinas Fire Department, 100 Mesa Road (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
• Corte Madera: Corte Madera Rec Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive (Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Mon-Thu, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
• Corte Madera: Town Hall, 300 Tamalpais Drive (Mon-Thu, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
• Larkspur: Central Marin Police station Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive (Open 24 hours)
• Mill Valley: The Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
• Novato: Margaret Todd Center, 1560 Hill Road, Novato, CA (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• San Anselmo: San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead (Saturday & Sunday 12pm-5pm, Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, and Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
• Sausalito: Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, (9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
8:20 p.m. Sonoma County updates evacuation total to 90,000: Officials previously had the number of mandatory evacuations at 83,000.
8:14 p.m. Blackouts begin in Contra Costa County: PG&E cut off power to 2,892 customers in Moraga. See which areas are affected in real time with The Chronicle’s outage map.
— Matthias Gafni (@mgafni) October 27, 2019
7:48 p.m. Santa Rosa hospital evacuates patients: Sutter Health is evacuating patients from Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital due to fire concerns. The evacuation was mandatory. Facilities in Novato and California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco will receive the patients.
7:30 p.m. Tunnels expected to be fine during power outages: Caltrans was installing generators to make sure the Caldecott Tunnel and the Devil’s Slide tunnels remain up and running, which was an issue during the blackout earlier this month.
As we prepare for a planned power shutoff this weekend, generators are already in place at the Caldecott Tunnels and we’re installing generators now at the Tom Lantos Tunnels. We do not anticipate these tunnels being closed by the shutoff this weekend.
— Caltrans District 4 (@CaltransD4) October 26, 2019
7:20 p.m. Bay Area blackouts approaching: PG&E expects to cut power at 8 p.m. to the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Stainslaus.
#PSPS WEATHER UPDATE: Public Safety Power Shut Off times and locations have shifted due to evolving weather conditions. PG&E will continue to closely monitor conditions, and adjust the timeline with safety as our top priority. More info: https://t.co/X1ClEBDDlC pic.twitter.com/lF8WE7jha4
— PG&E (@PGE4Me) October 27, 2019
6:54 p.m. Evacuations now number 83,000: Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick called the decision to stay home in a mandatory evacuation zone a “selfish act” during a press conference Saturday evening. He said law enforcement officials have no plans to “drag people from their homes,” but he urged residents to protect themselves and emergency responders by fleeing the area.
6:48 p.m. Newsom proposes PG&E takeover: Bloomberg reports that Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing Berkshire Hathaway to make a bid for PG&E. “We would love to see that interest materialize, and in a more proactive, public effort,” Newsom said. Currently, a group of hedge funds that have PG&E’s backing and a rival group of bondholders and wildfire victims are vying to take over PG&E through the bankruptcy process.
6:43 p.m. Kincade Fire burns 26,000 acres: Cal Fire released new numbers during a press conference Saturday evening and the fire in Sonoma County has now consumed 25,955 acres and destroyed 77 structures, including 31 homes. The blaze is 10% contained as 2,830 firefighters and personnel work to contain the conflagration ahead of a severe wind storm.
6:34 p.m. Area of 2017 Tubbs Fire evacuated: The massive mandatory evacuations in place for Sonoma County include the communities of Larkfield and Mark West Springs north of Santa Rosa, which were heavily impacted by the October 2017 Tubbs Fire. Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove neighborhood is under an evacuation warning, and the Coffey Park neighborhood is just outside the mandatory evacuation zone. Both were devastated by the Tubbs Fire as well.
6:18 p.m. Evacuation orders expanded for Kincade Fire: Sonoma County has expanded the area under evacuation warnings to include Sebastopol and areas west of St. Helena. Mandatory evacuation orders now extend from the Kincade Fire area all the way to the coast.