Silverado Fire Explodes East Of Irvine, Evacuations Ordered

By CBSLA Staff

TUSTIN (CBSLA) – Hundreds of people have been ordered to evacuate after a wildfire broke out Monday morning in Santiago Canyon east of Irvine amid powerful Santa Ana winds.

The 500-acre Silverado Fire was reported at 6:47 a.m. in the area of Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads on the edge of Limestone Canyon Regional Park. Structures were threatened.

The area is located east of Tustin and northeast of Lake Forest.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for about 60,000 residents in the Orchard Hills neighborhood along Irvine Boulevard, between Bake Parkway and Jamboree Road, the Orange County Fire Authority reported.

The fire jumped the 241 Freeway from east to west. The 241 Freeway was closed between Santiago Canyon Road and the 133 Freeway.

OCFA reported that the fire had a moderate rate of spread. There was zero containment on the blaze.

Oct. 26, 2020. (OCFA)

Wind gusts in the area were around 3o to 40 miles per hour, per CBSLA Meteorologist Danielle Gersh. OCFA crews were battling the fire on the ground and in the air. CAL Fire was also responding.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of the Southland through Tuesday night, including Orange County, due to Santa Ana winds, dry conditions and low humidity.

Because of the confluence of variables, the NWS said the region is seeing the most dangerous wildfire conditions since October of 2019, when the Saddleridge, Tick, Getty, Easy and Maria fires destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of people to flee in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.