California: Fires injure firefighters and force more than 100,000,000 people to evacuate

Two firefighters were seriously injured and more than 100,000 people were forced to evacuate from the California fires. California braces...

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  • Two firefighters were seriously injured and more than 100,000 people were forced to evacuate from the California fires.
  • California braces for increased fire danger due to high winds
  • Forecasts say Santa Ana winds will be up to 50-80 mph across much of Southern California

California is bracing for another round of dangerous fires Tuesday, including as crews battled a pair of rapid-fire blazes in the south that seriously injured and left more than 100,000 under evacuation orders.

Los Angeles Times reported that the two firefighters who were “seriously injured” were fighting the Silverado fire in Orange County.

“We are doing everything we can for them,” Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy said, according to the newspaper.

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Some of the fiercest winds of the fire season sparked fires across the state Sunday night and Monday before losing steam, but were expected to resume overnight and continue through Tuesday morning, though not in the previous extremes, according to the National Meteorological Service.

The forecasts indicated that the winds of Saint Ana will go up to 50 to 80 mph (80.4 to 128.7 kph) at times across much of Southern California, with some of the strongest gusts howling in Orange County, where two fires tore through overgrown hills near major hubs urban, according to The Associated Press.

A fire that broke out around dawn Monday prompted evacuation orders for thousands of homes in the Irvine area, while a few miles away another fire did the same in the Yorba Linda area.

More than 100,000 people were told to evacuate their homes because of the dangerous flames.

A house was reported to have been damaged.

Two firefighters, a 26-year-old and a 31-year-old, were seriously injured while fighting the largest fire near Irvine, according to the county Fire Authority, which did not provide details on how the injuries occurred.

Each of them suffered second- and third-degree burns to large portions of their bodies and were intubated at a hospital, authorities said.

Pat McGrath, 78, of Irvine, went to a shelter after a stranger knocked on her door Monday while she was making breakfast. The stranger told him the evacuation orders.

“I just panicked. I started crying, ”McGrath, who has no family on the West Coast, told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m cold, I’m hungry, I’m stressed and I don’t know what to do.”

Southern California Edison informed the state Public Utilities Commission that it was investigating whether its equipment could have started the fire.

The utility company said that a cable that tied a telecommunications line to a support cable may have struck a 12,000-volt SCE conductive line above it.

SCE was one of the utility companies that cut power to customers to prevent equipment from being knocked over or fouled by debris in the winds and starting wildfires.

SCE cut power to about 38,000 homes and businesses, although it restored some power Monday night.

The winds were so strong that firefighters had to ground their planes for much of the day in Irvine, though they got up Monday afternoon and continued their work into the night.

In Northern California, decreased winds allowed Pacific Gas & Electric to begin restoring power after the largest of five security outages this year.

At its peak, PG&E blocked about 345,000 customers, roughly 1 million people, in 34 counties. PG&E said it had restored power to more than 150,000 customers Monday night and electricity would return to work in the other homes and buildings Tuesday night after crews conduct aerial and ground inspections to make repairs and ensure that it’s secure.

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A dozen reports of damage were received, PG&E said.

Nearly two dozen wildfires were reported in Northern California Sunday night and Monday, but all were quickly contained without serious damage.

However, the threat of fire was far from over in many parts of PG & E’s vast service area.

An extreme fire danger red flag warning was issued for this Tuesday morning in the Santa Cruz Mountains and some coastal areas and valleys, with warnings extending through Tuesday night for some higher elevations in the Area. from the San Francisco Bay.

Continued “completely dry” moisture could dry out vegetation, which can contribute to “catastrophic” fires, said PG&E chief meteorologist Scott Strenfel.

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“Conditions are very, very unsafe,” said Mark Quinlan, the utility’s incident commander.

However, once the winds subside, the weather should remain calm through the weekend, Quinlan said.

After this event, no high seas events are forecast for the next five days, but no rain is seen either, Strenfel said.

Scientists have said that climate change has made California much drier, which means trees and other plants are more flammable.

October and November are traditionally the worst months for fires, but as of this year, 8,600 wildfires in the state have burned a record 6,400 square miles (16,600 square kilometers) and destroyed about 9,200 homes, businesses and other buildings. There have been 31 deaths.

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