Facing out-of-control wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians forced to flee their homes

by Peter Heck · Oct 28th, 2020 8:28 am

Last Updated Oct 28th, 2020 at 7:12 pm

Two Southern California wildfires are burning out of control, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes for safety.

The powerful Santa Ana winds that pushed the fires through cities in Orange County may have decreased slightly from their earlier force, but they are expected to pick back up soon.

It is unclear what sparked the fires, but the power company Southern California Edison thinks that at least one of them could have begun when one of their wires, whipped by the winds, struck a 12,000-volt conducting line above it.

As it investigates that possibility, the company cut power to thousands of customers in order to prevent anything similar happening until the winds die down. Winds are currently so strong that they have tipped over semi-trucks and even firefighters have had a difficult time even standing up in them.

The fires are not well contained at this point. More than 90,000 people have been ordered to evacuate and least 10 homes have been damaged already.


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