[ti:Wildfires, Power Cuts Hit Northern, Southern California]
[00:00.04]Hundreds of thousands of families in California are being affected by wildfires in the state,
[00:08.61]and as many as 1.5 million people may lose electrical power.
[00:15.44]The company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
[00:19.47]called for another blackout early Tuesday in 29 northern California counties.
[00:28.68]An earlier power outage that started Saturday affected 2.5 million people, the Associated Press reported.
[00:41.24]PG & E is the nation's biggest utility company.
[00:46.88]But it has been severely criticized for the last two years over the part it has played
[00:54.84]in fires in the state and how it has provided electricity during those times.
[01:03.84]Some Californians are unhappy with the company's decision to cut electricity.
[01:12.20]Janet Luoma of Santa Rosa told the Associated Press,
[01:17.80]"It's so obvious it's just to protect them from more liability."
[01:25.84]California Governor Gavin Newsom has grown accustomed to fires.
[01:32.84]"What's interesting about the fires at this moment is that it's rather normal," he told reporters Monday.
[01:41.80]"What's not normal is the power shutoffs," he added.
[01:47.96]The fires have affected or destroyed many homes across the state.
[01:54.84]They have even affected people who live in costly neighborhoods in southern California.
[02:02.68]NBA Basketball superstar LeBron James was forced to leave the area
[02:10.13]where he and his family live and tweeted about it on Sunday:
[02:17.20]Man these LA fires aren't no joke.
[02:21.63]Had to emergency evacuate my house
[02:25.64]and I've been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far!
[02:33.76]In Northern California, schools are closed in some areas while others do not have power.
[02:44.08]Stores in Oakland, near San Francisco, are using generators.
[02:50.76]And many people use their cars to charge their electronic devices.
[02:59.00]The fire is affecting areas in both the northern and southern parts
[03:05.14]of the nation's second largest state by land area.
[03:11.00]In the north, the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection says the Kincade Fire
[03:19.43]is affecting more than 30,000 hectares in Sonoma County.
[03:25.46]The fire has been burning for five days and is only 15 percent contained.
[03:34.40]Sonoma County is famous for wine growing.
[03:39.76]The AP reported that 96 buildings were destroyed in the county as of Tuesday.
[03:48.48]But it is only one of the fires in the area.
[03:53.96]In southern California one of the fires has destroyed homes near the Getty Museum
[04:01.62]which holds a major art collection and library.
[04:07.84]However, while eight homes nearby were burned
[04:12.06]the museum is in better condition than other structures.
[04:18.20]It is made of stone and has a huge water storage tank.
[04:26.36]Strong winds are feeding the fires and spreading them quickly.
[04:32.16]Weather experts on Tuesday said they expected strong winds in the north with little chance of rain.
[04:42.60]Scotty Richardson spoke to AP about his experience.
[04:48.44]He lost power on Saturday.
[04:51.33]He said the possibility that electricity will not be restored for days makes him "furious, furious."
[05:02.68]Last week, PG & E admitted that its equipment might have been the cause of fires in some areas.
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