Wildfires are once again blazing through the state of California, even as Southern California utilities turned off the power to tens of thousands of homes in an effort to slow their spread.
According to the National Weather Service, low humidity, bone-dry brush and the hot and dry Santa Ana were followed by red flag warnings of extreme fire danger.
Despite these efforts, the winds have sparked new fires and at least 25,000 have been evacuated from Orange County.
“…Mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents of Modjeska, Silverado and Williams canyons and for Foothill Ranch and parts of Portola Hills,” the Weather Channel reports. “Voluntary evacuation warnings were issued for part of the Lake Forest community and for Borrego Canyon, Baker Ranch, Live Oak Canyon, Trabuco Canyon, Rose Canyon and Valley Vista Way and Meadow Ridge Drive.”
The Bond Fire was the first to ignite after a house fire spread to nearby trees. It now covers 7,200 acres of Silverado Canyon, CBS Los Angeles reports, and has yet to be contained.
“There were two firefighters that were injured while battling the Bond Fire this afternoon,” the Orange County Fire Authority said on Thursday on Twitter. “They were treated by firefighter paramedics and transported to a hospital for further care.”
According to Orange County Fire Chief Brian Fennessy, more than 500 personnel from 30 different agencies are involved in fighting the fires, which have so far destroyed several homes.
“Even though you may not see much smoke right now in the background, there’s still significant potential for growth,” he said.
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