(TNS) — A fast-moving wildfire ignited late Wednesday in a remote, mountainous stretch of northeastern Sonoma County, rapidly growing to an estimated 5,000 acres amid intense winds and prompting evacuations outside Geyserville.
The fire is burning near The Geysers geothermal plant in the Mayacamas Mountains and the glow of flames is visible throughout the area.
It began just after 9:30 p.m. near where Pacific Gas and Electric Co. shut off power on Wednesday afternoon — due to high fire danger — in an effort to prevent fires from being sparked by downed or damaged power lines.
Dubbed the Kincade Fire, the blaze was 0% contained as of 11:30 p.m., according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Mandatory evacuations are in place for all of Red Winery Road, all of Alexander Mountain Road, Highway 128 from Geysers Road to River Road including River Rock Casino and all roads off River Road in that area, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.