Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as dry, windy conditions fuel fires across the state

At an evacuation center in Santa Clarita near the Tick fire, Marcia Cooper Marquez said she was in bed at midnight when she heard authorities on her street ordering mandatory evacuations.

“I was in bed thinking this will pass,” the fifth grade teacher tells my colleague Sam Levin minutes ago.

At a Santa Clarita evacuation center for #TickFire, Marcia Cooper Marquez told me she grabbed ten library books as she fled last night.


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Pacific Gas & Electric, the huge utility that provides power to a huge swath of northern California, is conducting an internal investigation into how the Kincade wildfire burning in Sonoma County began.

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