Updated Oct 26, 2019

2 dead in Mexico's Baja California peninsula from wildfires

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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PG&E returns power to most California customers, but thousands remain in the dark

Restaurant owners use candles and a flashlight in Sonoma, California, Oct. 9. Photo: Brittany Hosea-Small/AFP via Getty Images

PG&E said Thursday it restored power to nearly 328,255 customers since the Oct. 29 weather "all clear" was given for areas in northern and central California, though 36,745 customers remain without power.

The big picture: PG&E faces an investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission over its series of power shutoffs, which have affected millions and aimed to prevent the spread of wildfires during high-wind periods and dry spells. There are currently 15 fires spreading throughout California, per the Los Angeles Times.

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California lawmakers have little control over PG&E blackouts

Gov. Gavin Newsom surveys a home destroyed in the Kincade fire on Oct. 25. Photo: Karl Mondon/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

PG&E, which has temporarily shut the power off for millions of Californians ahead of weather forecasts ripe for wildfires, refused to give rebates to customers affected by the lack of electricity, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Why it matters: Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that California would hold PG&E accountable for failing to do its job in the wake of fires burning through the state. But PG&E is ultimately calling the shots, per the Times. California lawmakers are out of session until January. Without a special legislative session, the issue won't be addressed until then.

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California wildfires: What you need to know

A firefighter controls a hotspot of the Maria Fire in Ventura County, Calif., on Saturday. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

California firefighters are winning the fight against a series of wildfires in the state, with official figures showing most blazes at least 75% contained and several others fully contained or extinguished by Tuesday night. But authorities warn the fire danger isn't over yet.

What's new: A new report warns the fire season could continue through December. Firefighters were dealing with a new fire in a remote area of Lake County, near Clearlake. CalFire said the blaze, named the Eagle Fire, had burned 75 acres and was 56% contained by Tuesday evening.

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