August 2, 2021


World News

Water-dropping helicopters battle wildfires as thousands evacuated in Orange County

Two rapidly-growing wildfires in southern California have caused at least 20,000 people to evacuate Irvine and Lake Forest. The Silverado Fire broke out in the foothills of Irvine in Orange County on Monday, October 27, followed by a second blaze, the Blue Ridge Fire, breaking out near the city of Yorba Linda. According to Fire Captain Jason Fairchild, the Silverado Fire stands at 11,200 acres and five percent containment, while the Blue Ridge Fire is currently at 10,480 acres and zero percent containment. “We are actively fighting both fires. We have currently about 14 water-dropping fire helicopters that are being shared between the two incidents,” Fairchild said on Tuesday. Firefighters continue working without rest to contain the fires and secure the areas, while evacuated residents remain unsure about when they will be able to return to their homes. (