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Morning Briefing: Wildfires Break Out Amid Extreme Santa Ana Winds

Orange County fire fighter John Nelson looks for hot spots (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
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Two firefighters were critically injured Monday with second- and third-degree burns as dangerously strong Santa Ana winds spread the Silverado Fire quickly through parts of Irvine.

The blaze broke out Monday morning, and promptly resulted in the evacuation of 90,000 residents. It originated near Santiago Canyon Road and Silverado Canyon Road, and had burned 7,000 acres by Monday evening. Officials reported sending 500 firefighters to the area.

A red flag warning had already been issued in the region, meaning that the weather could cause extreme fire behavior. As a preventive measure, Southern California Edison cut power to 21,000 customers in the foothills of San Bernardino County as well as parts of Sylmar, Santa Clarita, Orange County and more.

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Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

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Wildfires: The Silverado Fire is being driven by fierce Santa Ana winds and spread to 7,000 acres in just a few hours. The same area of Orange County that’s burning in the Silverado Fire also burned 13 years ago in what was described as one of the county's "most disastrous" wildfires in decades.

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Election 2020: In a North L.A. County race, Republican Mike Garcia is trying to hold onto the seat he won earlier this year in a special election against Democrat Christy Smith after Katie Hill resigned.

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Firefighters work as the Silverado Fire moves toward a home in Irvine.

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