Two major out-of-control wildfires in Southern California have spurred mass evacuations and left two firefighters critically injured as the region faces more dangerous fire weather conditions Tuesday.
The Silverado Fire in Irvine started early Monday morning before growing to some 11,200 acres with 5% containment.
“This is a tough fire,” Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy told reporters Monday afternoon. “We’re experiencing very high winds, very low humidities. This is a very hazardous job.”
Another blaze, the Blue Ridge Fire, grew to some 8,000 acres as of Tuesday morning as it threatened hundreds of homes in Yorba Linda. That blaze is 0% contained.
Both blazes promoted mass evacuations of more than 100,000 people throughout Orange County as fast-moving flames caused freeways to close.