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28 Oct 2020 | 10:26 AM UTC

US: Authorities issue additional evacuation orders as wildfire expands in Orange County, California October 28 /update 1

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Authorities issue additional evacuation orders as wildfire expands in Orange County, California October 28; monitor developments

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/28/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/30/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION Irvine (California), California, Orange County, Lake Forest

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Event

California authorities expanded evacuation orders to almost 100,000 residents in and around Irvine, (Orange County) California on Wednesday, October 28, as the nearby Silverado Fire has spread to more than 12,000 acres (4,856 hectares). More than 750 Orange County Fire Authority personnel have been deployed to tackle the blaze from both land and air. No structures have yet been destroyed, although more than 70,000 are threatened in Irvine and 8,000 in Lake Forest. Two firefighters have reportedly been severely injured while working the fire and remain in an Orange County hospital. 

Further spread of the fire and additional evacuations are possible in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.

Advice

Those in the vicinity of the fires are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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