California Fires: Irvine, California, issues evacuation order to about 60,000 people as Silverado Fire spreads

California Fires: Irvine, California, issues evacuation order to about 60,000 people as Silverado Fire spreads

The Silverado fire started as a vegetation fire at 6:47 a.m. Monday local time in Santiago Canyon Road and Silverado Canyon Road, according to city ​​of Irvine.

“The fire started in Silverado Canyon, and helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are on the road,” Mayor Christina Shea told a news release. “The wind makes him move very fast.”

The flames have since overtaken Highway 241, the Orange County Fire Authority intelligence officer said on Twitter. About 20,000 homes were evacuated, the OCFA said. A Cal Fire incident report said the fire has already burned 2,000 acres.

The videos released from the beginning show strong winds blowing the flames in a frenzy in burned areas.

Irvine listed six community centers where care and reception facilities were set up. as of Monday afternoon, there were three referred to as complete.

Silverado Fire is coming as the state and the region are in great danger of fire from hot and dry weather. Nearly 34 million people are subject to red flag warnings in California and southwest, such as San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

In particular, extreme fire conditions of 3 out of 3 are located in the mountains outside of Los Angeles, where strong gusts of wind above the force of the hurricane are possible.

Cal Fire said Sunday that more than 5,000 firefighters are working to completely reduce 20 fires in the state in an already historic fire season in the western United States.

Dry conditions, low humidity and stormy weather have caused power outages and calls for preparedness as the fire season continues in California.

The National Weather Service said winds in Los Angeles and Ventura counties could bring gusts of up to 80 miles per hour in the highlands and warned of possible power outages, fire conditions and possible delays at local airports.

Utility Southern California Edison enforced a public security shutdown (PSPS) at 7:30 p.m. Monday to 3,677 customers in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino. Another 123,000 customers are under consideration for PSPS as Santa Ana winds blow through the area.

SCE has a total of 5 million customers and says power will be restored to affected accounts within 24 hours of the end of the wind.

CNN’s Dave Hennen contributed to this report.

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