In western Los Angeles, where the Getty Fire has charred more than 650 acres since Monday, the expected winds mean roughly 20,000 people under evacuation orders there “will not be returning to their homes this evening,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
“Stay away until we lift that order,” Garcetti said in a news conference Tuesday morning.
Southern California: The Getty Fire
In western Los Angeles, the Getty Fire has destroyed at least eight homes since flaring up early Monday, officials say.
Nancy Cochran, who left her home in the Mandeville Canyon neighborhood, was among about 100 people who congregated at a makeshift evacuation center at the Westwood Recreation Center.
“It’s unreal … My husband just died, and now this,” she told KABC on Monday.
“I’m living in where it’s always burned, and it’s burning today. So hopefully I’m going home to a home.”
Northern California: The Kincade Fire
The Kincade Fire, the state’s largest active wildfire, has scorched more than 75,000 acres in and around Northern California’s Sonoma County since last week.
The fire started October 23 and quickly spread, an incident report from Cal Fire said.
Driven by hurricane-force winds, the fire grew at a rate of one football field every three seconds when it first ignited, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.
Up to 186,000 residents were under evacuation orders, officials said. Because of Tuesday’s winds, officials will “pause consideration” of repopulating evacuated areas, Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said.
California Highway Patrol Capt. Aristotle Wolfe urged people to be smart in the face of dangerous fire conditions. He told reporters he pulled over a motorist who threw a cigarette butt onto a freeway near Petaluma on Tuesday.
“This is no time to add to the problem,” Wolfe said. “Please help us subtract from it.”
Two first responders have been hospitalized because of burns during the Kincade Fire, officials said. One person suffered a serious burn injury and was flown to UC Davis Medical Center, and a second person was treated at a local hospital for a minor burn, Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said.
The cause of the Kincade fire is under investigation.
Companies plan to turn off power again
Because of the fire risks, utility companies are again planning to intentionally shut off power to hundreds of thousands of people Tuesday and Wednesday, hoping to lessen the chances their equipment will start or contribute to blazes.
In Southern California, 205,000 customers in seven counties are under consideration for possible power shutoffs, Southern California Edison said.
Residents in many areas in the state just had their power restored following severe winds and concerns for fire hazards over the weekend.
Community resource centers are open during the shutoffs in Northern California to give people a place to charge their phones, use restrooms and sit in air conditioning, a tweet from PG&E said.
CNN’s Stella Chan, Dave Hennen, Sarah Moon and Holly Yan contributed to this report.