By Alex Goodloe
California wildfire forced evacuation of 60,000 people in Orange County on Monday, Oct. 26. The blaze started around 6 a.m. in the area of Santiago Canyon Road and was reported to be around 10 acres, according to the city of Irvine. The mayor of Irvine states, “the fire started in Silverado Canyon, and helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are on the way.” In a matter of hours the blaze exploded to 2,000 acres. It’s not clear what started the fire but it’s reported that the fire was expected to continue growing rapidly due to a Santa Ana wind event that is currently bringing gusty winds to southern California. The region faces dry conditions that allow for rapid fire spread.