California Fires

A haze of smoke and ash floats past Irvine and everyone here at Hancock International College is praying for a swift end to the fires in Orange County. Our ESL students have never seen anything like this before and although we haven’t heard about any of our students having to evacuate we want to urge everyone to stay as far away from the fires as possible. says, “Evacuation orders will remain in effect at least through Tuesday, Oct. 10, and possibly through Wednesday, as firefighters work to contain a blaze that has burned about 7,500 acres and destroyed about 24 homes in Anaheim, Orange and Tustin, officials said.

The fire is 5 percent contained, and overnight conditions – with winds dying down a bit and the humidity increasing – helped out, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt, spokesman for both the Anaheim Police Department and Anaheim Fire & Rescue.

Wyatt added, though, that conditions will be similar to Monday, when the fire started in Coal Canyon and spread quickly with the help of hot, dry conditions and the Santa Ana Winds, Wyatt said at a Tuesday morning press conference.”

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Idiom of the Day

Playing with Fire

Meaning: Doing something that has big risks and is likely to cause problems

Example: Driving too fast on a crowded freeway is like playing with fire… you’re bound to get burned!