The Silverado Canyon fire sends thick smoke into the air as fire crews work to contain the blaze in September. Photo by John Schreiber.
FILE: The Silverado Canyon fire sends thick smoke into the air as fire crews work to contain the blaze in September. Photo by John Schreiber.

Orange County officials lifted an evacuation order Friday afternoon as soon as the National Weather Service updated its flash-flood warning to a watch in the fire-scarred Silverado Canyon area.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued in Silverado Canyon this morning during the downpour, but many of the area’s residents stayed behind anyway, Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock. There were no major incidents related to the storm, he added.

Throughout Orange County authorities reported they avoided any major storm-related issues. The major concern was flooded streets.

The rain led to flooding on the 261 toll road at Irvine Boulevard, the Orange (57) Freeway and Orangewood and on the Costa Mesa (55) northbound near Lincoln and Katella avenues, according to California Highway Patrol Officer John Latosquin.

Rain also forced a shutdown of Pacific Coast Highway and Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach, according to Officer Jennifer Marlatt.

In Mission Viejo, the city’s sports fields were closed today and Saturday because of the storm. The city also closed down La Paws Park through Saturday.

The rain also delayed opening night of a longstanding holiday tradition in Costa Mesa.

Jim Jordan’s annual Snoopy House Christmas display, which is going on its 48th year, was expected to open with a ceremony at City Hall, where the large exhibit was moved in 2011.

Rain washed out the ceremony, postponing the opening of the exhibit, which is based on Charles Schulz’s comic strip characters, until Saturday.

City News Service

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