A wind-driven brush fire in Silverado Canyon sparked by a house fire exploded to 3,650 acres Thursday morning as evacuations were ordered for residents in multiple Orange County communities.
Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded to the 29400 block of Silverado Canyon Drive at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. No injuries were immediately reported.
About 500 firefighters were assigned to the firefighting effort, the OCFA said. The agency is in unified command with the U.S. Forest Service. Ground crews were being assisted in the fight against the Bond Fire by fire helicopters and a helitanker, the OCFA said.
Aircraft temporarily were unable to fly in the area due to high winds, but flights were expected to resume Thursday morning.
Mandatory evacuations were in effect in the Modjeska, Silverado and Williams Canyon areas, Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills west of El Toro and north of the 241 Toll Road.
Voluntary evacuations were issued for the following areas:
— Lake Forest, from the 241 Toll Road, along Bake Parkway to Musick and north to the border with Irvine and from the 241 Toll Road north to Bake Parkway to Foothill Ranch Community Ranch;
— Borrego Canyon;
— Baker Ranch;
— Portola Hills;
— Live Oak Canyon;
— Trabuco Canyon;
— Rose Canyon;
— Valley Vista Way;
— Meadow Ridge Drive.
Evacuees were strongly encouraged to stay with family or friends or in a hotel, the OCFA said.
“Due to COVID-19, no congregate shelter is offered,” the authority tweeted about 5:20 a.m. “A temporary OC Red Cross evacuation point is at 8405 E. Chapman Ave, Orange. Info and restrooms available.”
Officials said Orange County Animal Care would be accepting small household pets beginning at 6 a.m. at the Tustin Facility at 1630 Victory Road.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced that the county’s Emergency Operations Center was activated to support the firefighting effort. A public information hotline number was activated — 714-628-7085 — for residents to call for information on resources available for them.
Residents were urged to stay informed of the most current information by monitoring @OCFA_PIO on Twitter. Also, a public safety map with evacuation orders and warnings was available at bit.ly/2Vy231m.
Santiago Canyon Road from Jackson Ranch Road to the Eastern Transportation (241 Toll Road) Corridor was closed.
The Irvine Police Department alerted residents that it is aware of the Bond Fire burning nearby and, while fire is visible from within the city, it was moving away from Irvine and there was no current threat to residents.
Anaheim officials also tweeted that no immediate threat was seen in that city.
Inland Orange County is under a red-flag warning until 10 p.m. Saturday for extreme fire danger due to high winds and low relative humidity.
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