California braces for more fire danger from winds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California planned for another fire round on Tuesday as workers tackled a pair of quick-moving blasts in the south, badly injuring two firefighters and evacuating more than 100 000 residents.

Some of the highest fire winds soared up and down the state until the easing Sunday night and Monday, but the National Weather Service predicted that they would restart overnight and head through the Tuesday morning but not at the previous extreme.

Santa Ana was predicted to hurl winds of up to 50 to 80 mph across most of Southern California with some of the highest gusts in the area of orange, with two blazes flying over brushy hills in the vicinity of major urban centers.

In the early morning hours of Monday, a fire sparked evacuation warnings for thousands of homes in the Irvine district, while another fire in the Yorba Linda area was identical a couple of miles further south.

It was said that more than 100,000 people escaped quickly spreading fires.

There have been rumors of harm to one house.

According to the fire agency of the county two firefighters, one 26 and the other 31 years old, were severely wounded while fighting the bigger fire near Irvine.

The officials claimed that they both had second and third degrees in significant parts of their bodies and they were introduced to a hospital.

After an alien knocked on her door Monday as she prepared tea, Pat McGrath, 78, of Irvine, went to the shelter.

The foreigner said the evacuation instructions to her.

"I have just panicked.

I began crying, "said the Los Angeles Times to McGrath, who has no West Coast family.

"I'm freezing, I'm starving. I'm depressed because I can't do what."

Southern California Edison told the State Board on Public Utilities to review whether its installations may have burnt out.

The service provider claimed that a wiring that forced a telephone wire through a cable may have hit a 12,000-volt SCE line.

SCE was one of the firms who cut consumers' electricity so that computers could not be stunned or packed with debris from the storm and wildfires.

SCE limited electricity to nearly 38,000 homes and firms, while some power was restored until Monday night.

The windeness was too high that firefighters had to land their planes in Irvine several days, even though they got up and resumed their job in the night by late Monday afternoon.

Pacific Gas and Electric has begun restoring electricity this year after the largest of five protection shutdowns in northern California by easing wind speeds.

At its height, the organization has blackmailed nearly 345,000 clients in 34 districts — valued at 1 million individuals.

By Tuesday night after crews execute air and terrain tests to allow adjustments and to guarantee everything is safe, PG&E said it has restored energy to more than 150.000 customers by Monday evening, with power to be back in the remained homes and buildings.

A decade of harm reports were received, according to PG&E.

Almost two dozen wildfires have been recorded Sunday night and Monday in Northern California, but they are all quickly extinguished without significant injury.

In certain areas of PG&E 's large coverage field, though, the fire danger was far from finished.

In the Santa Cruz Mountains and some coastal and valley regions, a red flag alert against severe threat was in place on Tuesday morning with alerts spreading to certain higher elevations in the San Francisco Bay zone on Tuesday night

Continued "bone-dry" humidity can dry vegetation, leading to "disastrous" fires, said Scott Strenfel, Chief Meteorologist at PG&E.

Mark Quinlan, commander of the business crash, said "The surroundings are very, very unsafe.

But the weather should stay calm all over the weekend as soon as the wind is quick, Quinlan said.

After the case, the next five days are not expected to be offshore high-wind events but, Strenfel said, there are no rains in sight.

Climates shifting also rendered California a lot drier, so trees and other plants are more inflammable, scientists have reported. While October and November historically are the worst fires months, already this year, 8,600 forest fires in the state squashed 6,400 square metres.

The association's press writer Amy Taxin from Orange County, Calif., contributed to this article. Rodriguez wrote from San Francisco.