The Blue Ridge and Silverado wildfires that damaged homes in Yorba Linda and Irvine and caused thousands of residents to evacuate were 93% contained Monday as nearly 1,100 firefighters mop up hot spots and work to extend containment lines of cleared vegetation.
All roads affected by the blazes have been reopened, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.
The two fires started Oct. 26 within a half hour, first the Blue Ridge Fire at 2:32 p.m. north of the Riverside (91) Freeway in Yorba Linda, then the Silverado Fire at 3:03 p.m. off the Foothill Transportation Corridor (241) in the Irvine area.
The Blue Ridge Fire has burned 13,694 acres, destroyed one structure and damaged 10, according to CalFire.
The Silverado Fire has blackened 12,466 acres, destroyed five structures and damaged nine. The containment increased to 93% Monday after having been listed at 88% on Sunday.
Two firefighters remained in critical condition after suffering second-and third-degree burns in the Silverado Fire, which was driven by powerful Santa Ana winds.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our hand crew firefighters that were seriously injured battling the Silverado fire,” Concialdi said. “They are getting exceptional care at the burn center and their families appreciate all the love and support from their fire family and entire community.”
There are 784 firefighters assigned to the Silvarado blaze and 292 to the Blue Ridge fire, Concialdi said.