2 FFs critically burned battling SoCal wildfire

The Orange County Fire Authority handcrew members suffered second- and third-degree burns while working the Silverado Fire


By Janelle Foskett

IRVINE, Calif. — Two Orange County Fire Authority handcrew members suffered severe burns on Monday while battling the Silverado Fire.

The members, ages 26 and 31, suffered second- and third-degree burns and are currently intubated, Fire Chief Brian Fennessy reported outside of the Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana.

The department later updated that one member’s burns covered 65% of their body and the other member’s burns covered 50% of their body.

The Silverado Fire ignited around 6:40 a.m. in the area of Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads on the edge of Limestone Canyon Regional Park, near Irvine, California. The blaze has scored 4,000 acres and is 0% contained. 

A firefighter watches flames from the Silverado Fire, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Irvine, Calif. A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuation orders for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes.
A firefighter watches flames from the Silverado Fire, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Irvine, Calif. A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuation orders for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

 

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