Residents near wildfire urged to be ready to 'go at a moment's notice'

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Here in LA a fire has been burning near the beloved Getty museum for much of yesterday you can see this band of smoke stretching over the beaches of Santa Monica and out to sea there were evacuations shut down freeway but also a sense that this is a life here then again fast moving wildfires are unpredictable we saw one last year explode in northern California destroying much of the town of paradise and northern California is where firefighters are doing some of the hardest work right now battling the king Kate fire is engulfed more than seventy four thousand acres in cinema county north of San Francisco James gore the cinema county supervisor described what it's been like embers flying off we'll just jump into an area and all the sudden you will see in a window that in the middle of the vineyard in acre go up in three minutes and then an acre moved to twenty acres in twenty minutes yeah it is astounding to see the progression with the wind and the fact that the best they can do is really hold it off hold today and the fire has forced thousands to flee including residents of nearby Healdsburg and that city's mayor David Hey Klay joins us on the line this morning mayor thanks so much for taking a few minutes for us good morning I appreciate you having me on so how close is Healdsburg to this fire right now the you the fire actually is is very close to Healdsburg it as the crow flies home Watson a few miles and we we were very fortunate that when we give the evacuation notice on Saturday our community dropped everything and last and United I just heard about the room the reports of fires in southern California as well and with anyone of these situations when an evacuation is given and the community respond like they did in Healdsburg it really helps the first responders are able to have the room and the space to do what they need to do to get the staging area sat so that they're ready I I will I was in Healdsburg on early Sunday morning when the winds are picking up right around three AM when things are going south quick and I'd I'd throw up by our neighborhood and I could see the mass of a show of force that was there and I I can't say enough to to thank the various agency the regional agency that has come together the sole supporter community breathtaking what are firefighters telling you I mean is is do they have this under controllers are chance that that this fire could really explode again are or others could start that could that could threaten communities again even though they've done a really good job with the city of hill burgers in the city of Gilbert we haven't had any structures are homes or businesses burn and they've been battling the slayer out so hot spots the the briefings cal fire gives you know the they're attacking at every angle that they can but I think the last I heard was that let last night I think you the we are at fifteen percent contained which we still have a long way to go it sounds like a lot of firefighters a minute and coming from all over the state interest and then exhausted I mean a lot of fires out there right now yeah yeah there is a lot of we have a lot of resources hand the governor's been great and providing the resources make sure those get mobilized and does that that's the that's right very very appreciated you know a lot of Americans know cinema county obviously for wine country I mean I was looking at that the website for your city I mean just describing farm to table restaurant and wine country and beautiful countryside I mean I know the region relies a lot on tourism or are you worried this might keep people from visiting are you are you worried about the regional economy because of of this happening over and over again you know I think anytime something like this happens is elected leader you do you do worry but I I do want to get the message out there one and all one week ago tonight at eleven PM we got the call that we needed to open our evacuation center in Healdsburg and the within an hour or our city staff security services department they have that place up and running and we were able to welcome people are being evacuated from neighboring towns and what people need to understand about cinema county in Healdsburg is you know when you have a hospitality industry that goes through to everything we do our evacuation center was a place of comfort for people that were being displaced and dealing with a massive trauma and how I would delete we had translation services we had Latino community out reach we had mental health facilities we had it we accepted Pat's there's a lot we did it when you talk about farm to table dining are world class jobs down together and we're providing food it was little could describe it as food to backyard farm devaluation center I mean it with that mentality goes through everything we had one contact with all of our hotels and we were able to coordinate and place people one contact with our shop same thing well that's great to hear on something you communities really coming together and we'll all be all be thinking about a community hope people stay safe David Headley is the mayor of Healdsburg got his cities just a few miles away from with can Kate fire continues to burn this morning there thanks so much for your time thank you I appreciate your coming our stories and keeping us in your thoughts

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