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Week of Nov. 3rd-California's Wildfires Put Tens of Thousands of Homes at Risk Amid a Housing Shortage

November 3, 2019

It's wildfire season again in California, and with blazes burning across the state and thousands of homes at risk, the governor has declared a state of emergency. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate, and if a significant number of them can't go back, the state's housing shortage will likely make a bad situation even worse.

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency late last week. Currently, roughly 34,000 firefighters are battling multiple blazes, including the Kincade fire in Northern California's wine country, the Tick fire north of Los Angeles, and the recently ignited Getty fire in northwestern L.A. Millions have had their power cut off by the state's struggling power utility, which has been blamed for sparking previous blazes. This all comes just a year after the deadliest, most destructive wildfire season in the state's history.

The Kincade fire has led to nearly 200,000 evacuations and the destruction of 40 homes in Sonoma County, the same area that was devastated by fires in fall 2017. The 5-day-old fire consumed more than 66,200 acres on its way to Santa Rosa as of Monday morning. So far, no casualties have been reported.  Read more

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