House fire sparks ravaging blaze that forced thousands of Californians out homes, cut power to nearly 40K others

2 months ago

Orange County news, California news.

What started as a random house fire is now a ravaging blaze that consumed nearly 3,600 acres in Silverado Canyon favored by strong winds and dry brushes.

As of Thursday morning, they were more than 240 firefighters battling the wildfire that locked major roads, cut power to 39,000 residences, and forced thousands of others to evacuate.

“We recognize losing power is disruptive, and we sincerely thank our customers for their patience and understanding,” Sand Diego Gas & Electric said in a statement.

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  • OFCP Captain Greg Barta described the situation as a “perfect storm.”

    “We have critically low humidity, fire on the ground; it makes it very difficult for us. The fire is fast-moving.”

    Residents of Borrego Canyon, Foothill Ranch, Baker Ranch, Portola Hills, and six other areas in Orange County were “strongly encouraged to seek safety with family or friends, or in a hotel.”