Silverado Fire Forces Thousands to Evacuate Their Homes
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In the news: Thousands of Irvine residents are returning home as evacuation orders have been lifted by authorities.
According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned more than 13,390 acres of land and it has been at least 40% contained.
The Silverado Fire started on Monday in Irvine caused by an electrical spark from equipment that belonged to SoCal Edison, as investigated by authorities.
Officials reported that “it appears that a lashing wire that was attached to an underbuilt telecommunication line may have contact SoCal Edison’s overhead primary conductor which may have resulted in the ignition of the fire.”
According to OCFA, two firefighters, 26 and 31, have been critically injured with at least 50 percent of their bodies covered with severe second and third-degree burns. Both firefighters have been hospitalized at the Orange County Global Medical Center.
“I got an opportunity to talk to members of their families and spend time with both firefighters in the emergency room while they were being treated, but they were not in a position where they could speak with me,” Orange County Fire Authority, Chief Brian Fennessy, said in a press conference.
“Please keep these firefighters in your thoughts and prayers, and their families. We’re going to do the same,” he added.
Orange County Fire Authorities received requests from the public on how they can help the first responders injured from the fire.
Temporary evacuation points are being held at Norman P. Murray Community Center 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm and El Toro High School 25255 Toledo Way, Lake Forest for 24 Hours.
For more information and updates on the fire, visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/10/26/silverado-fire/
When did it happen?: Oct. 26, 2020, at 6:45 A.M. until Oct. 29, 2020.
Where?: Irvine, Chino Hills, Lake Forest, CA
Who are the major players?: Nearly 60,000 Irvine residents had to evacuate and two firefighters have been critically injured.