Around 60,000 people have been evacuated due to a huge out of control wild fire covering around 2,000 acres of California, USA.
The fires have spread across the Irvine area of Orange County to the south of Los Angeles.
The Silverado fire broke out shortly after 6:45 a.m. local time on Monday morning near Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads and quickly spread to 10 acres, the Orange County Fire Authority said on Twitter. By 10 a.m., it had burned more than 2,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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A mandatory evacuation order was issued for approximately 60,000 residents in Irvine, including all homes north of Irvine Boulevard between Bake Parkway and Jamboree Road, officials said.
The fire has continued to grow rapidly due to a Santa Ana wind event with winds being reported at 50-60 miles per hour in the extremely dry area. The fast winds also prompted power to be cut in an attempt to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes.
It is not yet clear how the Orange County fire started but fires have broken out all along the western Pacific seaboard this year.
The combination of winds and low humidity levels are expected to create “the most dangerous fire weather conditions we have seen since October 2019,” the National Weather Service said.
Evacuation centres have been set up for those brought away from the fires.
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