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California Fires and Blackouts in Photos: What We Know


California Fires and Blackouts in Photos: What We Know

The Kincade Fire rages in Healdsburg, Calif., on Sunday.


Noah Berger/Associated Press

Wind-driven wildfires and mandatory blackouts have become a new normal for Californians.

PG&E Corp.

, the utility company whose equipment has been cited as the cause of a number of deadly fires across the state, and other power companies have conducted mandatory power outages this month to prevent more fires. Over the weekend, PG&E cut power to 965,000 homes and businesses—or about 2.5 million people—in Northern California.

Despite utilities’ precautions, fires have sparked and spread around the state in recent weeks. Early Monday morning, a fast-moving brush fire broke out in western Los Angeles, forcing thousands of residents to flee.

Dubbed the Getty Fire, the blaze didn’t threaten the Getty Museum, which sits in the foothills directly off the freeway, officials said Monday. The Los Angeles Fire Department closed a portion of the southbound 405 freeway, one of the busiest commuter roadways in Los Angeles, as the fire moved westward.

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