Affected by the windy weather, a new wildfire broke out in southern California and spread rapidly. The local government issued an emergency evacuation order to more than 100,000 people on the 26th. In addition, the power supply to tens of thousands of local users may be interrupted.
On the 26th local time, a new wildfire broke out in Orange County, south of Los Angeles. As of that evening, the area of the fire had rapidly increased to about 30 square kilometers, and the fire was not under any control. Some fires burned blazingly, producing thick smoke covering a large area.
According to reports, about 500 firefighters started firefighting operations at the scene, and two of them were seriously burned. The windy weather brought difficulties to the fire fighting, and the helicopters and firefighting aircraft that assisted in the fire fighting were once grounded. The wildfires also caused some local roads to be temporarily closed, and many residents’ houses are facing threats. The local government issued an emergency evacuation order to more than 100,000 people on the 26th.
According to the National Weather Service, the wind speed in the low-altitude areas of Southern California can reach 56 kilometers per hour, and the wind speed in the mountains will exceed 113 kilometers per hour. Local officials are worried that any sparks may cause a fire due to windy weather.
A power company in Southern California said it is considering a preventive and safe power outage for more than 70,000 local users. Due to this year’s wildfire season, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of the United States has started cutting off electricity to 361,000 homes and businesses in California. The power outage is expected to affect 1.1 million people.
Since the beginning of this year, there have been more than 8,800 wildfires in California, covering an area of more than 16,000 square kilometers and 31 deaths.