World News – United States – Southern California wildfire forces 60,000 Orange County residents to evacuate


A swift, windswept wildfire forced an estimated 60,000 residents of a Southern California suburb to evacuate Monday, while huge bands of the Golden State went powerless in effort to prevent more flames, officials said

The Silverado Fire had charred at least 2,000 acres in and around the bedroom community of Irvine, about 50 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, by 11 am PT, said the ‘Orange County Fire Authority

About 60,000 people, living in 20,000 homes, are within range of the blaze and have been ordered to evacuate Firefighters face steady winds of between 20 mph and 30 mph, with gusts of up to 65 mph, authorities said

Thomas Anthony, a 32-year-old resident of Irvine, was woken up 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 told NBC News 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 about one million Californians, officials said

Meanwhile, closer to the Silverado fire, nearly 20,000 homes and businesses were without power for safety around noon Monday, according to Southern California Edison

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World news – United States – Southern California wildfire forces 60,000 residents of Orange County to be evacuated



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