THE GEYSERS, Calif. (AP) — A late-season wildfire has destroyed one structure and threatened multiple geothermal power plants in Sonoma County.
California fire officials say by Saturday morning the McCabe Fire had burned about 2,000 acres, mostly on land owned by Calpine Corp. in The Geysers, a large geothermal energy production area. It was not contained at all.
CalFire spokesman Scott McLean says Calpine evacuated nonessential employees and more than a dozen homes are threatened.
Nearly 800 firefighters have been deployed to contain the blaze, which is being fueled by strong winds and dry conditions.
The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain near the border of Sonoma and Lake counties.
Officials say firefighters are gaining control of a wildfire that had burned about 300 acres in neighboring Napa County.
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Walkers participating in The Susan G. Komen 3-Day San Diego - including News 8’s own Barbara-Lee Edwards - will finish their 60-mile journey on Sunday.
All northbound lanes of Interstate 5 will be closed from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Sunday night and continuing through Tuesday, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.
Temperatures take a cooling trend into early next week, with only a slight increase on Sunday disrupting the trend.
Northern California crews battling the country's deadliest wildfire in a century were bracing for strong winds Sunday that could erode gains they have made in containing the fearsome blaze, which has killed at least 76 and leveled a town.
Residents of Malibu who were forced to evacuate because of the Woolsey Fire have begun returning to their homes while others received notice they could return by Monday, as the estimated date for full containment of the fire was moved back to Thursday.
Some residents of Malibu forced to evacuate because of the Woolsey Fire returned to their homes Saturday while others received notice they could return Sunday and Monday, as firefighters battled for control of the huge blaze for a 10th day.
A power outage in central San Diego affecting over 2,200 homes in University Heights, North Park, Normal Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, and West State College was reported early Saturday morning just after 7:00 a.m.
A driver crashed into a home in Talmadge on Saturday, seriously injuring the driver, authorities said.