Two major wildfires are burning in Orange County, California, forcing evacuation orders for almost 90,000 people.
“The fire was coming and we moved out,” said neighbor Dave Eps. “Then we went back yesterday and it burned to my road.”
The Blue Ridge Fire is at 8,000 acres with no containment as of Tuesday morning, threatening homes in Yorba Linda.
The Silverado Fire is at 11,200 acres and 5 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, getting close to homes in Irvine.
“We’re still in shock about it,” said an evacuee in Irvine. “So it’s difficult for me and for my family.”
Fueled by dangerous Santa Ana winds, two firefighters have been critically injured battling the blaze with third-degree burns.
“With most of these fires the wind is the biggest problem,” said Captain Mike Critchfield of the Orange County Fire Authority.
The cause of the fires is not yet known.
Officials said the area has gotten winds up to 70 miles per hour sweeping through tinder-dry brush, meaning any spark could start devastating fires.
“Mother Nature controls that so we just try and do what we can. The wind is gonna be what controls and dictates what happens with these fires,” added Critchfield.