EVACUATIONS CLIMB FROM 60,000 TO OVER 100,000 IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The wildfires raging through southern California have forced evacuations from 60,000 people to more than 100,000 people since yesterday. The state has been facing forceful winds that could continue to worsen blazes and force even more evacuations.
The Silverado Fire that broke out Monday morning and forced more than 60,000 people to evacuate out of their homes, has now burned over 11,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained. This is all in Orange County in southern California, in the area of Irvine, according to The Department of Forestry and Fire (CalFire).
The Blue Ridge Fire also broke out Monday, according to CalFire, and is not contained. CalFire said Tuesday that it has burned approximately 8,000 acres and has damaged one home in Yorba Linda.
The good news is the weather is expected to improve today with winds predicted @ 10 mph with gusts of 20 mph, which is considerably lower than yesterday. Also, aircraft is anticipated to be used provided the winds gusts and weather cooperates.
It was reported Tuesday that two firefighters were critically injured while battling the Silverado fire. While it’s unclear how they were injured, they both suffered second and third-degree burns across their bodies and were hospitalized.
Utility company Southern California Edison reported to the California Public Utilities Commission that it was investigating whether a wire that lashed a telecommunications line to another cable may have struck a 12,000-volt conducting line to spark the blaze, according to the news outlet.