Wildfire fueled by monster winds races through Sonoma County, leveling buildings

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(CNN)A raging wildfire that forced massive evacuations in Northern California scorched thousands of acres in hours — and is expected to keep growing.

The Kincade Fire ignited Wednesday night in Sonoma County, and burned 16,000 acres by Thursday night. It was fueled in part by high winds that had already prompted California electric utilities to intentionally cut power to thousands of residents.
The blaze had claimed 49 structures by Thursday afternoon, Cal Fire said. It was unclear how many of those lost were homes.
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