Wildfire outbreak

About 2,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as a wildfire rages through California’s wine country.

The Kincade fire has engulfed 10,000 acres of land in Sonoma County and is not yet contained, the state’s fire protection department says.

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It is being driven by powerful winds and is moving south, a California fire spokeswoman said.

California is still recovering from wildfires last year that killed about 100 people.

The fire is moving some 75 miles (120km) north of San Francisco.

Wind gusts of up to 70mph (112km/h) have affected much of the state, the AP news agency reports. The winds are expected to die down on Friday but will pick back up again at the weekend.

More than 900 residents of the town of Geyserville, Sonoma County, have been ordered to evacuate by fire officials.

Many Geyserville residents said they did not have much time to gather their belongings together.

An evacuation warning has also been issued in the nearby town of Healdsburg.

Nearly 180,000 homes are without power after Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power in 15 southern California counties to prevent the risk of any accidental fires.

More than 308,000 customers in seven counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura, are under consideration for power shutoffs, according to the Southern California Edison.