CALIFORNIA — 76,000 acres with only 60% containment as of last Thursday morning: that is how massive the Kincade Fire still is as it enters its 2nd week.
It has threatened more than 90,000 structures and taken down more than 260 so far.
Some of the more iconic ones are in Sonoma County.
Some residents of Windsor were greeted with cheers by officials and firemen as were finally able to return home.
Servicing the more than 180,000 individuals affected by the fires are 10 main evacuations centers in the Sonoma County area.
Outside this evac center at a veterans center, a church group is giving away free blankets to augment the supplies of the Red Cross.
A Telco company is giving away free smartphones with free loads good for one month, and there’s even a pumpkin carving activity to relieve evacuees of some stress.
Retired nurse Eva Tambolero is a Filipina volunteer at this center, she is actually an evacuee herself.
“I’m just one of the evacuees and I volunteer dishing out food and drinks and fruits… there are Filipino caregivers working in the skilled facility and assisted living faculty; they’re evacuees, plus their patients, they take them to the bathroom, clean them, feed them; their care is non stop.”
Officials from Cal Fire are thankful for good progress this Wednesday, but they still have more than 50% of the fire to contain.
Given the current weather conditions, officials aim to take out all the flames and have full containment by November 7.