World News – United States – California wildfire kills two firefighters seriously, forces 90,000 to evacuate


A swift, windswept wildfire left two firefighters seriously injured and forced more than 90,000 Southern California residents to evacuate Monday, as huge swathes of the Golden State were left without electricity in an attempt to avoid further flames, officials said

Firefighters, 26 and 31, were injured in the fight against the Silverado fire, which charred at least 7,200 acres in and around the community of Irvine, southeast of Los Angeles, Orange County Fire Chief Brian Fennessy said

Firefighters – two of around 500 trying to contain the out-of-control blaze – suffered second and third degree burns to 65% and 50% of their bodies, the authority said Both were intubated

Orange County Fire Chief Brian Fennessy said the incident was under investigation He said strong winds prevented planes from dropping retardant and water on the blaze, making ground crew firefighters like the two injured essential to extinguish the flames

« It’s a tough fire, where we have very strong winds, very low humidity, » he said. « Our firefighters are some of the bravest, if not the bravest in the world »

More than 90,000 people living in 22,000 homes in the town of Irvine, about an hour south of Los Angeles, were on mandatory evacuation orders, firefighters said

More than 5,000 homes in the nearby towns of Yorba Linda, Hidden Hills and Chino Hills have also been asked to flee after another blaze, the Blue Ridge Fire, broke out on Monday, Fennessy said The fire had grown to 3,000 acres without containment Monday night

With #BlueRidgeFire nearby, we’re taking action to ensure that Yorba Linda’s most famous building, President Nixon’s birthplace, is protected.We will continue to monitor throughout the evening The Nixon Library will be open to customers tomorrow at 10 a.m. imageTwittercom / rGfcOhjV0H

In Yorba Linda, where former president Richard Nixon was born, his namesake foundation tweeted an image of workers watering his childhood home with a garden hose

In Irvine, the University of California closed all campus activities shortly before 11 a.m. PT

« It was completely terrible, » UCI graduate student Vanessa Montellano, 23, told NBC News, describing the scene outside her apartment on Monday morning « I was like wow, the sky was orange, the sun was bright red, the tree was swaying It was almost not real »

Thomas Anthony, a 32-year-old resident of Irvine, was alarmed by the sound of high winds in the middle of the night before waking up to a strong smell of smoke

The sights, sounds and smells of a major fire escape was a heartbreaking experience for Anthony, his wife, their 1.5 year old son and their puppy

« Dude, that sounded like armageddon to be honest, » Anthony said after taking safe refuge with in-laws 30 miles away in Downey « It could have been the end of the world if that was really what was happening »

These winds are crazy! Never seen anything like it! People have packed their cars with loved ones including animals And of course we are stuck in traffic because everyone is trying to get away and not burn #silveradofire #SantaAnaWinds picTwittercom / BCvnw2JG0k

Abnormally hot, dry temperatures and high winds across California have led to power outages planned to limit the threat of electrical wires causing wildfires

About 355,000 homes and businesses served by San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric were in darkness Sunday and Monday, affecting an estimated one million Californians, officials said

Meanwhile, closer to the Silverado fire, about 22,000 homes and businesses were without power as a safety measure around noon Monday, according to Southern California Edison The company said it plans to cut power for an additional 104,000 customers

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Global news – United States – California fire leaves two firefighters seriously injured, forces 90,000 to evacuate


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