SILVERADO CANYON (CNS)—A wind-driven brush fire in Silverado Canyon sparked by a house fire exploded to 2,000 acres the morning of Dec. 3 and was growing rapidly as mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents in the Modjeska, Silverado and Williams Canyon areas.
Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded to the 29400 block of Silverado Canyon Drive at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Ground crews were being assisted in the fight against the Bond Fire by fire helicopters and a helitanker, the OCFA said.
In addition to the evacuations orders, voluntary evacuation warnings were issued for the following areas:
— Borrego Canyon;
— Foothill Ranch;
— Baker Ranch;
— Portola Hills;
— Live Oak Canyon;
— Trabuco Canyon;
— Rose Canyon;
— Valley Vista Way;
— Meadow Ridge Drive.
Santiago Canyon Road from Jackson Ranch Road to the Eastern Transportation (241 Toll Road) Corridor was closed.
No injuries were immediately reported.
More than 240 firefighters were on the scene, the OCFA said. The agency is in unified command with the U.S. Forest Service.
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.
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.