27 Oct Live updates: Newsom declares emergency, I-80 in Vallejo cl…
12:01 p.m. Medical hotline available: California Health and Human Services has established a hotline for medically vulnerable residents and health facilities that need resources during the PG&E blackouts. Those who need assistance can call (833) 284-3473.
11:57 a.m. Early morning Contra Costa County fires contained: Three Oakley fires that broke out around 3 a.m. on Gateway Road in Bethel Island, Cypress Road and Bethel Island Road, and Cypress and Broadway Roads are fully contained, according to the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Crews continue to mop up hot spots. A fire on Leon Drive is 50% contained. All evacuation orders for these areas have been lifted.
11:51 a.m. San Francisco Bay Ferry rides canceled: Departures from Oakland and Alemeda to Pier 41 on the Bay Ferry have been canceled due to “severe” wind conditions, according to the California Highway Patrol.
11:41 a.m.: Fire near Crockett is 150 acres: Officials have evacuated parts of Crockett and Interstate-80 is closed in both directions as firefighters battle the 150-acre fire, according to Cal Fire. This is separate from the Vallejo fire near Glen Cove and the Carquinez Bridge.
11:35 a.m. Officials urge residents in Windsor, Healdsburg to evacuate immediately: The Sonoma County Sheriff again urged residents near Milk Barn Road and Limberick Lane to “EVACUATE NOW” as firefighters battle spot fires near those areas.
11:30 a.m. Officials considering evacuating Calistoga: County officials are debating whether to issue an evacuation warning or order for Calistoga. It could be issued in the near future, but nothing is official yet, according to a Napa County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. The order would be issued via Nixle, Twitter and Facebook.
11:19 a.m. Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency statewide: The governor declared a statewide emergency due to “unprecedented” high winds that have led to the Kincade Fire and Tick Fire in Southern California. “We are deploying every resource available, and are coordinating with numerous agencies as we continue to respond to these fires. It is critical that people in evacuation zones heed the warnings from officials and first responders, and have the local and state resources they need as we fight these fires,” Newsom said.
I have declared a statewide emergency.
We’re deploying every resource available as we continue to respond to these fires and unprecedented high-winds.
If you live in an affected area, please stay safe, alert, and heed all warnings from local officials. https://t.co/w0Ft19lR3j
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) October 27, 2019
11:17 a.m. Crockett evacuation impacts 250, not connected to Vallejo fire: About 250 properties in Crockett were told to evacuate, according to Contra Costa County government spokesman Paul Burgarino. At the time, officials believe there is no connection between the fire that ignited in the hills south of Crockett and the Vallejo fire, he said. The fire started along Interstate 80 between Crockett and Cummings Skyway.
11:08 a.m. Evacuation center opened for Crockett: Residents fleeing the fire near Crockett should go to the evacuation center located at the Hercules Swim Center (2001 Refugio Valley Road), according to Contra Costa County officials.
10:57 a.m.: UC Berkeley classes canceled Monday: Because of “limited power,” there will be no classes Monday at least during the daytime. The campus will provide an update on Monday evening classes before noon Monday.
10:54 a.m.: Fire advances toward Windsor: Fire is moving from the hills above Windsor from the north and east toward town. Dozens of fire trucks have lined up on the north edge of Windsor to head off the fire and douse any spot fires before it comes into the city. The trucks on the north side of town, along Arata Lane and Los Amigos Road, are also buffering Hwy 101 (on both sides) to try to pinch the blaze if it jumps the freeway.
10:50 a.m. Unscheduled power outage in Point Richmond: From a Nixle alert — “Power outages in Pt. Richmond. Not on PG&E map. Traffic lights may be out; treat as all-way stop. Please be…