New big wildfire prompted evacuation of 90,000 people in Orange County

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Orange County Officials told 90,000 people to evacuate due to a new wildfire which nearly quadrupled in size Monday. Southern California Edison said a power line may have played a role in the ignition of the in the area. “We reported the incident despite seeing no activity on the nearby 12-kV circuit nor any downed power lines because it appears that a lashing wire attached to a telecommunications line may have contacted SCE’s power line above it, possibly starting the fire,” a spokesman told media. The new, 3,000-acre Blue Ridge Fire, added danger for more people. Two firefighters of the 700 battling the two fires, aged 26 and 31, part of Orange County Fire Authority’s ground crew, suffered critically injuries, second- and third-degree burns. Each is intubated at the hospital.

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There are nearly 320,000 customers without power. The University of California, Irvine suspended all campus operations due to hazardous smoke and ash. More than 25 million people are under red flag warnings in California and the Southwest, including San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. All schools in the Irvine, Tustin and Placentia-Yorba Linda school districts will be closed for instruction, including distance learning, Tuesday, Oct 27 because of the .