An “extreme red flag warning” has been issued in southern California, marking the first such alert of its kind.
The warning, issued by the Los Angeles weather service, covers Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties.
The red flag morning– means winds, temperatures and humidity are ripe for fire danger. It’s an extreme red flag warning.
The winds are expected to reach 80mph (128kmph) and there is concern they will help the fire, which has already burned through 658 acres, spread.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the more than 7,000 residents evacuated so far should not plan on returning home until conditions are safe.
The Kincade Fire, the state’s largest active wildfire, has scorched more than 76,100 acres in and around Northern California’s Sonoma County since last week.