100,000 people were evacuated because of forest fires in Irvine, California

  • At least 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in Irvine, California.

  • A wildfire that started Monday morning has already scorched 7,200 acres.

  • Two firefighters were seriously injured while fighting the fire.

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The Silverado Fire in Southern California has forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from the city of Irvine.

The devastating fire started as a 10-morning fire on Monday morning. Supported by winds of up to 100 km / h, it scorched 7,200 acres on Monday evening, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. About 500 firefighters fight the fire, which is 0% contained.

“I just want to say that our primary focus is on protecting our residents, keeping their safety and the safety of their animals, and I encourage all other residents affected by smoke to close their windows,” said Christina Shea, Mayor of Irvine, on Monday. reported the voice of OC.

An estimated 60,000 people had fled their homes by Monday night when Irvine officials expanded their evacuation orders to include around 100,000 residents – more than a third of the city’s residents.

Two firefighters were seriously injured and suffered second and third degree burns while fighting the fire, according to CNN.

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The University of California, Irvine, announced the cancellation of all classes on Monday.

No deaths were reported.

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