Wildfire in Orange County forces thousands to evacuate, leaves two firefighters critically injured

A wildfire in Irvine, California, called the Silverado Fire, prompted officials in Orange Country to tell 90,000 people to evacuate their homes on Monday and left two firefighters with critical injuries.

A statement from Orange County Fire Authority said the two firefighters, ages 26 and 31, were both intubated after receiving second and third-degree burns across most of their bodies.

“They’re gravely injured,” Chief Brian Fennessy said. “Their families are with them.”

Roughly 500 firefighters have been deployed to combat the wildfire, which began around 6:45 a.m., has been made worse by strong winds, including a gust of 96
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