Los Angeles: Fire Moves Fast, Forces 60,000 People to Evacuate

A rapidly advancing fire broke out early Monday near Los Angeles, California. The flames have forced the evacuation of some 60,000 people...

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  • A rapidly advancing fire broke out early Monday near Los Angeles, California.
  • The flames have forced the evacuation of some 60,000 people after having burned in a few hours more than 800 hectares
  • So far, it is unknown what was the reason for the start of the fire

Near Los Angeles, in the state of California, a fast-moving fire forces 60,000 people to evacuate from the area.

A fast-moving fire broke out early Monday near Los Angeles, California, forcing an estimated 60,000 people to evacuate after burning more than 800 hectares in a few hours.

The fire, baptized by the authorities as “Silverado”, began to advance at 6:45 local time (1:45 GMT) in Orange County, about 50 kilometers from Los Angeles, reported the fire department of that county on his Twitter account.

“The fire has burned 2,000 acres (810 hectares). All air support has been grounded due to high winds. If you are in the evacuation area, evacuate immediately, ”said the Orange County Fire Authority. They later corrected via twitter and they specified that it was the 500 acres.

Los Angeles: Fire Moves Fast, Forces 60,000 People to Evacuate

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So far, the reason for the start of the fire is unknown. But people quickly began to feel its effects and share the magnitude of the consequences on social media.

Los Angeles: Fire Moves Fast, Forces 60,000 People to Evacuate

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“I thought I was witnessing a sandstorm and it turns out that I was only in the middle of one more fire in California,” wrote a netizen through Twitter on what has become one of California’s most inclement hot seasons. Others posted impressive images about the smoke and the lack of visibility left by the fire.

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The authorities also confirmed through social networks that they have 150 fire brigade units working to contain the flames.

Los Angeles: Fire Moves Fast, Forces 60,000 People to Evacuate

The explosive start of the fire prompted authorities to issue a mandatory evacuation order for approximately 60,000 residents of Irvine, which has a population of more than 28,000, and to set up shelter centers at local universities.

The advance of the flames also reached a highway, which was immediately closed by the authorities, and caused the power outage of some 120,000 homes, according to data from the Los Angeles Times.

This fire coincides with very difficult weather conditions in that region, with strong winds, up to 80 miles per hour, and dry, causing the fires to spread rapidly and are difficult to contain.

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In fact, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning from Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon for these conditions for the affected county and Los Angeles and Ventura.

Strong winds, of up to 50 miles per hour, are expected to also hit the Malibu area, the Hollywood Hills and Catalina Island, located in front of the Los Angeles city.

White House reverses decision and will grant aid to California

They approve aid to California. The government of Donald trump abruptly reversed his decision to reject California’s request for disaster relief funds to clean up the damage from six recent fires that have destroyed the state, the governor said Friday Gavin newsom.

“I just got off the phone with President Trump, who approved our request for a major disaster declaration. Grateful for your quick response, ”Newsom said in a short statement.

Neither he nor the White House provided details on why the administration changed positions just hours after it initially denied the state’s request for a statement that officials say could provide the state with hundreds of millions of dollars.

White House spokesman Judd Deere previously said that California’s request was “not supported by the relevant data” needed for approval and that Trump agreed with a recommendation from the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. to reject the statement.

The Donald Trump administration this week rejected California’s request for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent wildfires amid the deadly and destructive fires that have burned through the state.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom formally sent a letter to the White House on Sept. 28 asking for a major disaster declaration, said Brian Ferguson of the governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

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“The state plans to appeal the decision and believes we have a strong case that California’s application meets federal requirements for approval,” Ferguson said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.

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Meanwhile, the state is seeking other avenues of reimbursement and support to help affected individuals and communities recover, he said. Federal Major Disaster Declarations allow for damage, cleanup, and rebuilding costs to be shared between the state and federal governments. They also activate aid programs run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Aid denials are rare and Newsom has previously praised the Trump administration for approving aid related to the fires and California’s fights against the coronavirus pandemic.

No new major fires were reported across the state this Friday, but warnings of dangerously hot and dry conditions were expected to fuel the fires and remain in effect into the night. Almost 9,000 firefighters remain in the line of fire for 21 fires.

Numerous studies have linked raging wildfires to climate change due to the burning of coal, oil and gas. Scientists have said that climate change has made California much drier, which means trees and other plants are more flammable.

Thousands of Northern California residents were without power Friday after a utility company shut off service to prevent high winds from damaging equipment and starting wildfires amid the heat wave in the middle of fall.

The restoration of power service began gradually on Thursday afternoon. Power company Pacific Gas and Electric said about 30,000 customers were still in the dark, compared to 45,000 the night before.

All power was expected to be restored late on Friday after this week’s second round of warm, dry gusts swept through the region and increased fire risk, PG&E said.

It’s been a disastrous wildfire season in California, with more than 8,500 fires raging more than 6,400 square miles (16,000 square kilometers) since the beginning of the year. Thirty-one people have died and some 9,200 buildings have been destroyed.

Meanwhile, winds in the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Francisco Bay area exceeded 55 mph (89 kph) and humidity levels plummeted, leading to critical fire conditions, said Scott Strenfel, meteorologist senior of the utility company.

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