The latest fire named the Silverado Fire, appeared it might be contained to thick brush in less populated areas near Irvine, an upscale city situated south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego.  When firefighters arrived on the scene about 6:45 a.m. PST, it was only 10 acres. 

More than 500 firefighters turned out in force to battle the flames that quickly blackened more than 4,000 acres after the wind increased the size and speed of the new blaze.  This prompted the evacuation of 60,000 residents in Irvine, a posh city nestled in a brushy area of Southern California’s Orange County, fire officials said Monday.

The flames were fanned by winds blowing at a steady 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 70 mph. Later in the morning, the OCFA said the fire had jumped a major artery that had served as a natural fire break, Highway 241, and was threatening neighborhoods in the area, prompting the evacuations.

To make the situation even worse, those high winds temporarily grounded water-dropping helicopters.  Approximately 60,000 people are evacuating the Irvine area today.

This is an on-going event and will be updated as necessary.

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