100,000 people ordered to evacuate due to wildfires in Irvine, California
IRVINE, CA - OCTOBER 26: Crews tackle the Silverado Fire along Freeway 133 near Irvine Boulevard in Irvine, CA on Monday, October 26, 2020. Jeff Gritchen / MediaNews Group / Orange County Register via Getty Images
At least 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in Irvine, California.
A wildfire that started Monday morning has already scorched 7,200 acres.
Two firefighters were seriously injured while fighting the fire.
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The Silverado Fire in Southern California has forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from the city of Irvine.
The devastating fire started as a 10-morning fire on Monday morning. Supported by winds of up to 100 km / h, it scorched 7,200 acres on Monday evening, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. Approximately 500 firefighters fight the fire, which is 0% contained.
"I just want to say that our main focus is on protecting our residents, keeping their safety and the safety of their animals, and I encourage all other residents affected by smoke to close their windows," said Christina Shea, Mayor of Irvine, on Monday. reported the voice of OC.
Around 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in Irvine, California. Screenshot / City of Irvine
An estimated 60,000 people had fled their homes by Monday evening when Irvine officials expanded their evacuation orders to include around 100,000 residents - more than a third of the city's residents.
Two firefighters were seriously injured and suffered second and third degree burns while fighting the fire, CNN reported.
• 1170 houses under evacuation order
• 481 houses are being voluntarily evacuated
A total of 1,651 houses are affected by the fire.
One house was reported damaged. Waiting for a review of the extent of the damage. pic.twitter.com/V6WrKQL737
The previous Monday, the University of California at Irvine announced the cancellation of all classes.
No deaths were reported.
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