IRVINE, CBSLA – Residents of Lake Forest were allowed to return to their homes on Friday after a major fire in Silverado Canyon, east of Irvine, after the evacuation order was lifted.
On Friday afternoon, Bond Fire burned down 6400 hectares, of which 10%.
Two firefighters who were injured in a fire on Thursday were released from hospital, officials said.
Many houses have been destroyed, but the exact number is unknown. A few told the CBSLA that four houses were destroyed and seven others were damaged in their Williams Canyon parish alone.
According to Michelle Gyle of the CBSLA, the authorities will not have accurate data on the number of homes affected until they have extinguished all fires.
Houses were lost in Williams Canyon to Bondfire. Officials do not expect full damage until the hot spots #cbsla #orangecounty pic.twitter.com/WSmLMwpiLZ are known.
– michelle gills (@CBSmichelegile) 4. December 2020.
While about 500 firefighters made progress in the aggressive air and ground attacks, officials told the CBSLA early Friday that they were concerned about the next series of winds in Santa Ana that would hit them over the weekend.
Bond’s fire was caused by a house fire before 10:15. On Wednesday night, in the 29400 block of Silverado Canyon Road, Orange County firefighters reported that the fire quickly spread through the bush and then exploded into a wildfire.
Some residents reported to the CBSLA that they had little or no mobile communication and received no evacuation warnings because of the power outage in Edison, Southern California, as a precaution against power failures. On Friday morning, 1,596 customers of SoCal Edison in Orange County were without power due to security closures.
My daughter said she wanted to buy more clothes and things, I said: Hey, go away, owner Bruce McDougal told the CBSLA on Thursday. The firemen were there, and they soaped the back of my house, and I think that saved it. If it wasn’t for those guys, they’d be gone.
The flames destroyed cars, trees and the McDougal Bridge.
SILVER, CA – DECEMBER 03 : A Californian patrol boat passes several burned cars on the Santiago Canyon road, while in Silverado, on Thursday the 3rd of the month, the patrol boat is on its way to the canyon. In December 2020 a fire broke out on Bonda due to the wind from Santa Ana. The wind-powered fire in Silverado Canyon was started this morning by a house fire over 3,600 acres and quickly erupted when a mandatory and voluntary evacuation order was issued for much of Orange County. (Allen J. Cockroaches / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Melissa Malpass told the CBSLA that she and her family lost their home on the road from Wildcat Canyon to Silverado Canyon. They could be evacuated just before Starburst. The family created the GoFundMe site.
Very historic, Mr. Malpas said. If the walls could talk, I’d hear the Allman Brothers playing there, they’d like to have a jam session. It’s been a long time. I’m still in shock. It’s very destructive. I’ve seen the pictures, it’s incredibly hard to see. There’s literally nothing left, nothing at all.
The flames moved westward in the Silverado fire in October, which burned 13,400 acres and forced tens of thousands of residents of Irvine and Lake Forest to evacuate.
Two U.S. Forest Service firefighters were injured during the firefighting on Thursday afternoon. They’ve been rushed to local hospitals and their condition is unknown.
On Friday morning the evacuation orders remained in force for Silverado Canyon, Williams Canyon, Mojesca Canyon and parts of Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills west of El Toro Road and north of Highway 241.
Just before 8:00. Evacuation orders for the Lake Forest and Foothill Ranch areas north of Alton Parkway and east of Highway 241 were lifted Thursday.
Voluntary evacuation to the Trabuco Gorge continues, as well as to parts of the promontory and the hills of Portola.
The road to Santiago Canyon remains closed.
The south is currently at the epicentre of the Santa Ana wind, which, due to the dry, stormy conditions and low humidity throughout the region, has sounded alarm bells, making conditions favourable to forest fires. Red flag warnings will remain in force in most areas until Saturday night.
Near the site of the Silverado fire, which started on the 26th. October in the streets of Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon, burned 13,400 hectares of land and forced more than 90,000 people to evacuate. Edison from Southern California has informed California state regulators that his equipment may have been responsible for the Silverado fire. No houses have been destroyed.
The exact cause of the house fire is currently being investigated.
To help affected residents, please visit this GoFundMe page.