Photos: Calif.'s destructive Kincade Fire seen from space

New images show a ragged crescent of flames about six miles long spewing a vast plume of smoke over Sonoma County


By Mike Moffitt
San Francisco Chronicle

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — New images of the Kincade Fire captured by a Sentinel-2 Earth observation satellite show a ragged crescent of flames about six miles long spewing a vast plume of smoke over Sonoma County.

The Sentinel-2 satellite took the image at 12:02 p.m. Sunday, at which time the fire appeared to be about a mile away from the city of Healdsburg and town of Windsor. Both were under a mandatory fire evacuation order.

Aggressive firefighting efforts in the Windsor area especially were successful in slowing the fire, Cal Fire said.

Even so, the blaze grew overnight to 66,231 acres, with 5 percent containment, down from 10 percent on Sunday. Containment dropped due to powerful winds, including gusts that reached hurricane levels in some areas.

Winds were calmer Monday, but another red flag event was expected Tuesday.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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