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Santa Ana winds threaten fire in Southern California

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/07/20, 01:38 am

Blazes injured two firefighters and burned several homes. The biggest wildfire began late Wednesday in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon and caused officials to order 25,000 people to evacuate, though some of those orders were later lifted. As a precaution, Southern California Edison had cut power to nearly 100,000 homes and businesses to avoid sparking new fires.

Are the fires going to get worse? Crews made progress in the fires to the south and east of Los Angeles, but the fire hazard remained high on Monday. The National Weather Service said another Santa Ana wind event began late Sunday and will continue through Tuesday evening. Drought plagues almost all of Northern California, and the south is unusually dry as well.

Dig deeper: Listen to the first of Sarah Schweinsberg’s three-part report on the recovery efforts after the devastating 2018 fire in Paradise, Calif., on The World and Everything In It.

Editor's note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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