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World Power cuts and evacuations ordered across California as wildfire threats flare anew

00:05  27 october  2020
00:05  27 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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By Mimi Dwyer

a man standing in front of a sunset: A firefighter uses a homeowners garden hose to help battle the Silverado Fire, a wind driven wildfire near Irvine, California © Reuters/MIKE BLAKE A firefighter uses a homeowners garden hose to help battle the Silverado Fire, a wind driven wildfire near Irvine, California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A fast-burning wildfire triggered evacuation orders for 60,000 Southern California residents on Monday as hundreds of thousands elsewhere across the state endured a second straight day of power shutoffs due to heightened fire risks from high winds.

a man with dark hair and a sunset in the background: A firefighter uses a homeowners garden hose to help battle the Silverado Fire, a wind driven wildfire near Irvine, California © Reuters/MIKE BLAKE A firefighter uses a homeowners garden hose to help battle the Silverado Fire, a wind driven wildfire near Irvine, California

The latest threats came amid California's worst wildfire season on record in terms of landscape burned, with more than 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) scorched since the start of the year, along with thousands of homes destroyed and 31 lives lost.

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Massive wildfires continued to scorch Southern California on Sunday fueled by whipping Santa Ana winds. Five fires covering more than a quarter of a million acres raged across California on Sunday, with 9,000 firefighters combating the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and

Tens of thousands of residents in Southern California were ordered to evacuate on Monday as a wildfire exploded as the region faced gusty Santa Ana Winds. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for residents in the Orchard Hills community on Irvine Boulevard from Jamboree to Bake Parkway.

Red flag warnings for incendiary weather conditions remained posted across much of California due to extreme winds likely to produce gusts of up to 70 miles and 80 miles per hour (113 kph 129 kph), according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Illustrating the fire threat posed by Southern California's latest bout of dry, forceful Santa Ana gusts blowing out of the a desert, a wind-driven blaze dubbed the Silverado fire erupted early Monday and quickly spread across 2,000 acres (809 hectares) of Orange County by midday.

a man that is standing in the rain: Firefighters face strong winds as they head up a hillside to battle a wind driven wildfire near Irvine, California © Reuters/MIKE BLAKE Firefighters face strong winds as they head up a hillside to battle a wind driven wildfire near Irvine, California

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Raging wildfire forces mandatory evacuations in California . The fear that the winds could blow embers and spread fire across a major highway prompted authorities to expand evacuation orders that covered parts of Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 that was devastated by a wildfire two years ago.

Thousands of Californians have been forced to evacuate in various parts of California as numerous wildfires burn in the state. Officials are urging people to abide by evacuation orders and power shutoffs have taken place in various communities in an effort to prevent the possibility of electrical

Some 60,000 people were ordered evacuated from surrounding homes in the vicinity of Irvine, as the Silverado raged largely unchecked through canyons in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains.

No casualties or property losses were immediately reported.

Hundreds of miles away, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said it had cut off power to more than 350,000 homes and businesses in central and northern California as a precautionary measure in the face of elevated fire risks posed by dangerously high winds across 34 counties.

Wind-damaged electrical lines coming into contact with tinder-dry vegetation have been implicated in causing a number of devastating California wildfires in recent years, and utilities have increasingly resorted to such "public safety power shutoffs" to reduce the risk.

Winds were clocked at up to 89 mph in Sonoma County wine country north of San Francisco Bay, and were steadily blowing at more than 50 mph elsewhere through the region.

By midday Monday, PG&E said it was beginning to restore electrical service to some customers "where it is safe to do so," with most of the shutoffs expected to be ended by Tuesday night as winds abated, the utility said in a statement.

(Reporting by Mimi Dwyer in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Gorman and Sandra Maler)

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