Bond fire, a vegetation fire caused by a house fire in Silverado Canyon, Orange County, has burned over 3,600 hectares since Thursday with zero percent containment, according to Orange County Fire Department.
Obligatory evacuation orders have been issued for Foothill Ranch and the Portola Hills area west of El Toro and north of 241 Toll Road, as well as Modjeska Canyon. For the remaining part of the Portola Hills a voluntary evacuation warning is in effect, which has been confirmed by the OCFA.
A roadblock is in effect for the “Santiago Canyon Road from Jackson Ranch to 241 because of #BondFire. Please avoid the entire area for your safety”, OCFA tweeted on Thursday.
Evacuation warnings are in effect for parts of the Lake Forest, “from 241 Toll Road along Bake Parkway to Musick north to the Irvine border and from 241 Toll Road north of Bake to Foothill Ranch Community Park,” OCFA said.
Evacuation warnings also apply to Borrego Canyon Baker Ranch, Live Oak Canyon, Trabuco Canyon, Rose Canyon, Valley Vista Way and Meadow Ridge Drive.
FIRIS prediction modeling via satellite imagery shows the potential growth and direction of #BondFire. The model was created without firefighting efforts. Those under mandatory evacuation orders are urged to leave the area. The fire has moved towards the SW. pic.twitter.com/BxEnUqWL9R
– OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) December 3, 2020
Evacuees are “strongly encouraged to seek safety with family/friends or in a hotel,” the OCFA stated on Thursday. “Due to COVID-19, meeting rooms are not offered. A temporary OC [Orange County] Red Cross evacuation point is located at 8405 E. Chapman Ave, Orange. Information and toilets available,” the department added.
More than 240 firefighters are deployed along the fire line to protect people and property at risk from the Bond fire that broke out in Silverado Canyon at approximately 10:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
#BondFire Update: Mandatory evacuation order for Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills west of El Toro and north of 241 Toll Road. Voluntary evacuation warning is in effect for the remaining Portola Hills.
The @OrangeCountyEOC has activated its hotline for residents: 714-628-7085. pic.twitter.com/74rCmByK3i
– OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) December 3, 2020
Elsewhere in California, willow fires in San Diego County have been reported to be “actively burning”, with five percent being contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) twittered on Thursday.
The “spread of the fire has been stopped”. 25 acres, 5 percent containment, one structure destroyed. Resources are tied up until the morning,” the department added in a later tweet.
According to Captain Thomas Shoots of Cal Fire, the willow fire threatened about 200 homes throughout San Diego County. All evacuation orders in the areas affected by the fire have been lifted.
Due to gusty winds and low humidity from Wednesday night to Saturday night, a #RedFlagWarning is in effect for parts of Southern California. This is a critical fire weather. Be careful when outdoors. https://t.co/upBwccxXFO pic.twitter.com/AgwQJmYGQd
– CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) December 2, 2020
A red flag warning – the highest warning level – will apply to parts of Southern California until Saturday “due to gusty winds and low humidity,” Cal Fire noted on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service also warned of “extremely critical fire weather conditions” for the San Diego County mountains on Thursday, noting that “critical fire weather conditions are likely because winds are combined with extremely low relative humidity.
Strong winds from Santa Ana will develop tonight, with the strongest winds occurring on Thursday morning. Critical fire weather conditions are likely as winds are combined with extremely low relative humidity. Extremely critical fire weather conditions for the San Diego County mountains at Do. pic.twitter.com/MyLVHZWMa1
– NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) December 2, 2020
NWS tweeted on Thursday: “A wind event in Santa Ana, Southern California is expected to continue into the weekend. These winds are strong down winds blowing through the mountain passes. The winds are warm and dry and can greatly aggravate bush or forest fires”.