July 27, 2021

‘There’s nowhere you can go to feel safe’: 2 wildfires in California’s Orange County force 85K evacuations; 2 firefighters badly burned

Two rapidly spreading wildfires prompted the evacuation of more than 85,000 people in two cities in upscale sections of Southern California’s Orange County, fire officials said Monday.

More than 500 firefighters turned out in force to battle the Silverado Fire that quickly blackened more than 7,200 acres near Irvine. As a precaution, 70,000 people were ordered to evacuate from their homes, Fire Capt. Greg Barta said.

Two members of a fire hand crew were badly burned, the Orange County Fire Authority said. The two, ages 26 and 32, suffered second- and third-degree burns on at least half of their bodies.

“They are gravely injured. Their families are with them,” said OCFA Fire Chief Brian Fennessy. “We are giving them all the support we can.”

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