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Kincade Fire increases to 60 percent containment, does not grow overnight

by Martin Espinoza, Santa Rosa Press Democrat |

Containment of the Kincade Fire in Northern California’s Sonoma County has reached 60 percent, up from 45 percent Wednesday night, according to the latest Cal Fire update on the blaze, which has destroyed 282 structures, including 141 homes.

Cal Fire said the fire did not grow overnight; it remains at 76,825 acres as of Thursday morning, the same size reported as of 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Fire crews made good progress on containment efforts overnight due to favorable weather conditions, Cal Fire officials said. However, access to the northern part of the fire remains challenging because of steep terrain and narrow roads.

Cal Fire said firefighters will continue to establish control lines around the blaze, and full containment is still expected by Nov. 7.

The blaze started along Kincade Road near the Geysers geothermal field the night of Oct. 23, and it grew quickly. Within a few hours, the fire had spread to 10,000 acres. In the early morning hours Sunday, as dangerous fire weather conditions continued, it again spread rapidly.