Wild fire burns at least 20 mansions in wealthy Californian town

for Tv47 Digital May 13, 2022, 04:13 AM
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A burned car and the remains of a burned-out home are shown after a fast-moving wildfire ripped through the affluent neighborhood. PHOTO/REUTERS

An estimated 20 homes burned, though that number could rise, Brian Fennessy, fire chief of the Orange County Fire Authority, told a news conference.

Evacuations were ordered for about 100 homes, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.

As California endures a historic drought exacerbated by climate change, brush that could normally resist fire is consumed with ever greater speed, Fennessy said.

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