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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San Bernardino875421129
Riverside821751417
San Diego74361984
Orange719531556
Kern39437445
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Alameda27857499
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Sonoma11608155
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Kings1025987
Solano974581
Marin7596129
Placer614868
Madera593883
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Yolo436374
Santa Cruz400328
Butte376559
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Napa281117
El Dorado20184
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Lassen17153
Tehama152623
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Nevada11319
Glenn8537
Lake84519
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Calaveras43421
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