Tens of thousands of residents in Southern California were ordered to evacuate on Monday as a wildfire exploded while the region faced gusty Santa Ana Winds.
The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) said that mandatory evacuations were issued in the Irvine area due to the Silverado Fire. The blaze started around 6:47 a.m in the area of Santiago Canyon Road and was reported to be around 10 acres, according to the city of Irvine.
“The fire started in Silverado Canyon, and helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are on the way,” Irvine Mayor Christina Shea said in a news release. “The wind is making it move very quickly.”
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