California is facing a particularly high number of wildfires this year. The latest fire to start near Los Angeles is still raging – the smoke is heavy and firefighters are injured.
In the fight against two wildfires in Southern California, more than 1,800 emergency services largely prevented the flames from spreading to settlements. So far, no homes have been burned down, the Orange County fire department from the area of the so-called Silverado fire said. The fire that broke out on Monday is only five percent under control.
The fire, favored by strong winds and extreme drought, raged east of the city of Irvine, about 43 miles from Los Angeles. A new fire in the metropolitan area damaged ten houses, as the responsible authority announced. An evacuation order was issued for more than 80,000 households. Two firefighters suffered severe burns on Monday while extinguishing the fire.
31 deaths from fires this year
There was thick smoke over parts of Southern California. The environmental authorities have classified the air quality at dozens of monitoring stations as unhealthy. The “red flag” warning for a high risk of fire caused by high winds and drought continued. However, the meteorologists predicted that the wind would decrease in the coming days.