California Wildfires forces Residents to Flee

Southern California residents were forced to evacuate after strong winds drove wildfire flames near residential areas.

The largest fire started late Wednesday as a home fire in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon, where wind gusts reached 70 mph (113 kph).

The fire spread to more than 11 square miles (29 square kilometers) and covered a large region in smoke and ash.

Firemen struggled in steep terrain amid unpredictable Santa Ana winds that sent flames racing across major roads. 

According to Fire Chief Brian Fennessy, two firemen were hospitalized after being treated on the scene for injuries. Fennessy stated that their condition was unknown at the time.

Fennessy also added that he couldn’t give an estimate on how many homes were affected by the fire.

Thousands of inhabitants of canyon and foothill neighborhoods around Lake Forest were ordered to evacuate, while residents of other nearby regions were advised to prepare to leave.

Numerous studies have connected larger wildfires in the United States to climate change. 

According to scientists, climate change has made California considerably drier, making trees and other vegetation more combustible.

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