Evacuation orders were given to residents of Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon and Williams Canyon after the Bond fire spread to 3,600 acres.
Evacuation orders were given to residents of Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon, and Williams Canyon after the Bond fire spread to 3,600 acres.
Voluntary evacuation warnings were also issued in Borrego Canyon, Foothill Ranch, Baker Ranch, Portola Hills, Live Oak Canyon, Trabuco Canyon, and Rose Canyon, and on Valley Vista Way and Meadow Ridge Drive.
“We were expecting gusts of up to 70 miles per hour in this area. We’ve seen the wind change also drastically, so that’s what we’re telling all our personnel to be aware of that constantly changing wind,” said OCFA Capt. Thanh Nguyen
The Bond Fire was started by a house fire before 10:15 p.m. PST in the 29400 block of Silverado Canyon Road before it spread into the brush and then exploded into a wildfire.
“Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate,” tweeted the Orange County Fire Authority.
Currently, there are more than 800 firefighters deployed to the scene to prevent further damage and to control the fires.
Firefighting aircraft were grounded because of the wind conditions and could not be used to help extinguish the fires.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Los Angeles said the unusual duration of critical fire weather, arid vegetation, and dry air mass created a very hazardous situation.
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