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70,000 in Southern California to evacuate after blaze grows

A fast-moving wildfire has forced evacuations for 70,000 people in Southern California and seriously injured two firefighters.

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 3:31 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire has forced evacuations for 70,000 people in Southern California and seriously injured two firefighters.

Powerful winds across the state have prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes.

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The smoky fire in Orange County broke out just before 7 a.m. Monday and quickly threatened neighborhoods in Irvine, a sprawling city of about 280,000 people.

California is extremely dry and fire danger is high as the state experiences winds that are gusting above 60 mph in places. Such winds can knock down power lines and send tree branches into wires, sparking fires.

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We were frying on Friday around northern California and the extreme heat will continue through Father's Day. Please stay cool in this hot weather and be cautious due to our increased fire danger through the weekend.
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