Updated Oct 26, 2019 - Energy & Environment

2 dead in Mexico's Baja California peninsula from wildfires

In this image, a tree and a crumbling structure, both on fire, fall to the ground in the dark

A burning structure collapses during the Kincade fire in Geyserville, California on Oct. 24. Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam TPX Images of the Day

At least 58,000 acres have burned in California from 14 ongoing fires, the earliest of which sparked in September, the Los Angeles Times reports. Five of those fires started Thursday, and one began Friday.

What's happening: The Kincade fire, which started Thursday and has already blazed through 21,900 acres — namely in Northern California’s wine country — is currently the largest fire in the state. 50,000 people near the Tick fire in Santa Clarita were ordered to evacuate on Friday, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the counties affected by those two wildfires.

  • At least 2 teenage girls died in Mexico's Baja California peninsula from wildfires, CNN reported on Saturday. There are currently 4 major fire hotspots near the U.S.-Mexico border, per the Times.
  • Pacific Gas & Electrical — which was deemed responsible for causing California's deadliest fire in 2018 — said Friday that 850,000 customers are expected to lose power over the weekend in a preventative power shutoff, CBS reports. Shutoffs are expected from 1-5 pm on Saturday in Napa County.
  • Many of the 2,000 people ordered to evacuate in response to the Kincade fire on Thursday left in darkness after PG&E shut Sonoma County's power off to prevent the further spread of fires.

Where it stands: Onshore wind is expected to effect the area at the Tick Fire on Saturday afternoon, NWS Los Angeles reports, with continued warm and dry weather across southwest California. Only 5% of the Tick and Kincade fires were contained as of Friday evening, per the Times.

The big picture: Last year, California endured its deadliest and most destructive fire in history, which took 85 lives and burned thousands of homes and businesses across the state.

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected with the accurate death toll of California's Camp Fire.

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