World News – United States – 2 firefighters seriously injured in growing Silverado fire, SoCal Edison says his equipment could be linked to Blaze


NEAR IRVINE (CBSLA) – Two Orange County firefighters were seriously injured on Monday in
a rapid forest fire in the Santiago Canyon, near Irvine, as more than 90,000 people were forced to evacuate amid strong winds from Santa Ana

Members of the Orange County Fire Team were injured around 12:15 p.m. fighting the Silverado Fire, officials said The two unidentified firefighters – aged 26 and 31 – were covered in second and third degree burns and were on ventilators

The Silverado fire was reported at 6:47 a.m. in the area of ​​the Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads bordering Limestone Canyon Regional Park In about three hours, it had exploded to 2,000 acres

As of Monday evening, the fire rose to 7,200 acres and without containment, according to fire chief Brian Fennessy

The area is located east of Tustin and northeast of Lake Forest Houses have been threatened, although there has been no information that any structures have been damaged or destroyed

Mandatory evacuations ordered for more than 90,000 residents in several communities, Orange County Fire Authority reported

The fire blasted the 241 Freeway from east to west, closing the freeway between Santiago Canyon Road and the 133 Freeway

Several schools were evacuated, including Northwood High and Portola Springs, Eastwood, Stonegate, Loma Ridge, Canyon View and Santiago Hills elementary schools UC Irvine also canceled all campus operations around noon due to the strong smoke

« The wind is crazy, my family crossed it in Malibu, » said Ruby Johnson, evacuee to CBSLA « It’s a crazy thing, I’ve never had to experience it ourselves You can replace clothes and things, but you cannot replace your lives I have all the photos and all the valuables so we’re good to go « 

Wind gusts in the area reached up to 70 miles per hour OCFA and CAL fire crews battled the blaze on the ground and in the air with the help of several other agencies

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« Our firefighters are some of the bravest if not the bravest in the world, » said OCFA chief Brian Fennessy « It is a very dangerous job »

A red flag warning is in effect for much of Southland until Tuesday evening due to Santa Ana winds, dry conditions and low humidity

Due to the confluence of variables, the National Weather Service reports that the region has experienced the most dangerous fire conditions since October 2019, when the Saddleridge, Tick, Getty, Easy and Maria fires destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands to flee to Los Angeles and Ventura counties

OC residents who have not yet registered to receive emergency alerts are encouraged to do so at alertocorg

The cause of the Silverado fire has not yet been determined, but a notice sent to the California Public Utilities Commission said, “It appears that a tie wire that was attached to a telecommunications line under-built could have contact overhead (Southern California Edison) primary conductor which may have caused the ignition of the fire « 

« Preliminary information indicates that the SCE overhead electrical installations are located in the area of ​​origin of the Silverado fire. We have no indication of circuit activity prior to the time of the fire report, no overhead primary conductors shot down in the area of ​​origin.However, it appears that a tie-down wire that was attached to an underbuilt telecommunication line could have contact with the overhead main conductor of SCE, which may have caused the fire to ignite The investigation is ongoing « 

Some major fires today These fires don’t start on their own and on a very windy day? What coincidence My bet? There are arsonists among us

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World News – United States – 2 firefighters seriously injured in growing Silverado fire, SoCal Edison says his equipment could be linked to Blaze



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