A brush fire that has blackened 7,375 acres and destroyed 31 buildings since being triggered by a Silverado Canyon house fire last week was 60% contained Monday, as firefighters braced for another Santa Ana wind event with the potential to fan the flames.
Overnight, firefighters continued to construct firelines and patrol the fire area, with nearly 1,500 crew members from various agencies assigned to the firefight.
According to a statement issued Monday morning by the Orange County Fire Authority, “fire lines are holding and today crews will work to further improve containment and maintain patrols. There is still potential in some areas for a strong wind event to spread the fire and threaten adjacent communities.”
Firefighters expect “moderate Santa Ana winds” with dry conditions and low humidity, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning that remains in effect through Tuesday night.
The wind-whipped blaze started just before 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 29400 block of Silverado Canyon Drive. In addition to the 31 destroyed structures, 21 were damaged, officials said.
All evacuation orders were previously lifted, but evacuation warnings remain in effect for:
–Portola Hills in Lake Forest; and
— the northern Trabuco Canyon area.
Displaced residents needing a place to stay were told to go to El Modena High School, 3920 E. Spring St. in Orange.
Full road closures include Highway 241 at Santiago Canyon Road and Santiago Canyon Road at Silverado Canyon Road. Only residents are able to traverse Santiago Canyon Road at Ridgeline Road.
Animal evacuation centers were set up at the Anaheim Equestrian Centre at 1370 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, and at the Orange County Fair & Event Center at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.