Los Angeles (USA), Oct 26. (EFE) .- A rapidly advancing fire broke out early Monday near Los Angeles (California, USA), forcing some 60,000 people to evacuate after burning more than 800 hectares in a few hours.
The fire, baptized by the authorities as “Silverado”, began to advance around 6:45 local time (13:45 GMT) in Orange County, about 50 kilometers from Los Angeles, reported the fire department of that county on his Twitter account.
“The fire has burned 2,000 acres (810 hectares). All air support has been grounded due to high winds. If you are in the evacuation area, evacuate immediately,” the Orange County Fire Authority noted in its latest update.
So far, it is unknown what was the reason for the start of the fire.
The explosive start of the fire prompted authorities to issue a mandatory evacuation order for approximately 60,000 residents of Irvine, which has a population of more than 28,000, and to set up shelter centers at local universities.
The advance of the flames also reached a highway, which was immediately closed by the authorities, and caused the power outage of some 120,000 homes, according to data from the Los Angeles Times.
This fire coincides with very difficult weather conditions in that region, with strong winds, up to 80 miles per hour, and dry, causing the fires to spread quickly and are difficult to contain.
In fact, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning from Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon for these conditions for the affected county and Los Angeles and Ventura.
Strong winds, of up to 50 miles per hour, are expected to also hit the Malibu area, the Hollywood Hills and Catalina Island, located in front of the Los Angeles city.