60,000 in Southern California to evacuate after blaze grows

The smoky fire in Orange County broke out just before 7am on Monday and quickly threatened neighbourhoods in Irvine, a sprawling city of about 280,000 people. California is extremely dry and fire danger is high as the state experiences winds that are gusting above 60 mph (97 kph) in places.The smoky fire in Orange County broke out just before 7am on Monday and quickly threatened neighbourhoods in Irvine, a sprawling city of about 280,000 people. California is extremely dry and fire danger is high as the state experiences winds that are gusting above 60 mph (97 kph) in places.

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