A wildfire broke out Monday southwest of Silverado in the Santa Ana Mountains of Orange County.
Cal Fire said the blaze started at 6:47 a.m. in the area of Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads. Orange County Fire Authority firefighters reached the scene when the fire was at 10 acres, but it grew because of strong Santa Ana winds and by 8 a.m. covered 50 acres.
Crews are “aggressively attacking the fire with air units en route,” an OCFA spokesman said.
Authorities are asking residents of the Orchard Hills community along Portola Parkway near Irvine to consider evacuating, but no evacuation orders were immediately issued, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Greg Barta told KTLA.
The fire authority said its ground crews are receiving air support in their battle against a blaze moving at a “moderate rate of speed,” The Orange County Fire Authority reported.
The blaze broke out after the National Weather Service issued red flag warnings in several areas of California, including Orange County, warning of a high risk of wildfire because of strong winds, low humidity and very dry vegetation.
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