The Tulare County Sheriff's Office on Saturday issued fresh evacuation orders for some communities near the Windy Fire in Sequoia National Forest.
The communities of Ponderosa and Quaking Aspen have been ordered to evacuate immediately. A temporary evacuation point has been set up at Porterville College on 100 East College Avenue. Anyone in need of assistance can call 211.
On Saturday, the sheriff's office also issued an evacuation warning that includes M107 at Dome Rock, north to HWY 190/M90 at North Road (MT21S50), east to Route 21S05, at Needles Trail, south to Lloyd Meadow at Lower Peppermint Road (MT22S82).
Officials say that while these residents are not required to leave at this time, they should prepare to evacuate if the fire continues to spread toward their communities.
KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Four famous giant sequoias were not harmed by a wildfire that reached the edge of Giant Forest in California’s Sequoia National Park, authorities said.
The Four Guardsmen, a group of trees that form a natural entryway on the road to the forest, were successfully protected from the KNP Complex fire by the removal of nearby vegetation and by wrapping fire-resistant material around the bases of the trees, the firefighting management team said in a statement Sunday. The KNP Complex began as two lightning-sparked fires that eventually merged and has scorched more than 37 square miles (96 square kilometers) in the heart of sequoia country on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
PHOTOS: One home was destroyed and others were damaged by a fire Saturday morning, the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reported.
The fire was reported around 9:12 a.m. Sept. 18 in the Rancho Del Rey mobile home park on Leslie Street, and UVFA Battalion Chief Eric Singleton said when he arrived first on scene the home where the fire started was “well involved” in flames.
The resident, described as an older woman, was able to escape with her small dog without injuries, but her home was completely destroyed, Singleton said.
However, the firefighter crews “made an outstanding stop” of the flames and kept them from spreading to the trailers on either side, though there was “minimal fire and heat damage” to the homes on either side.
Ukiah Daily Journal
Over 9,900 firefighters continue to work towards containment on 12 major wildfires and two extended attack wildfires burning in the state, Cal Fire said Saturday morning.
Firefighters also responded to 22 new wildfires Friday, according to Cal Fire.
The Dixie Fire in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama counties has been declared the largest fire in California's history. It is currently 88 percent contained, having burned 960,641 acres, Cal Fire said. The Caldor Fire, which affects El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties, is 71 percent contained, and has burned 218,876 acres.
The French Fire in Kern County is 98 percent contained, and has burned 26,535 acres.
The Windy Fire in Tulare County has burned 12,370 acres and is zero percent contained.
KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Starting Monday morning PG&E plans to shut off power for more than 7,000 customers in 10 Northern California counties due to a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). Gusty winds and Red Flag Warning conditions create higher fire danger prompting the power shutoffs in specific areas where PG&E expects fire danger to be higher.
The first wave of shut-offs was scheduled to start at 5 a.m. Monday
In Shasta County, more than 1,800 customers are in the potential shutoff.
In Tehama County, almost 1,400 customers may have their power turned off. In Glenn County, more than 300 customers. will lose power.
According to the PG&E outage map , the estimated restoration is Tuesday afternoon and early evening.
Restoration happens after crews patrol the power lines for damage and ensure it is safe to re-energizing the lines.
KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding