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She explores everything from coastal access, environmental issues and marine life to city government, animal welfare and quality of life. Villwock is all too familiar with these types of operations. Some people chose to navigate the area via bicycle since getting around by car was difficult. https://t.co/J3qNBqdzoW, — OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSheriff) October 27, 2020. The blaze erupted at 6:47 a.m. in the area of Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads, and within an hour it had scorched roughly 50 acres. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: Crews battle the Silverado Fire along The 133 Freeway near Irvine Boulevard in Irvine, CA, on Monday, October 26, 2020. Outages threatened more than 117,000 Southern California Edison customers in six Southern California counties with a power shutoff, according to the agency. The wind-driven Silverado fire that ignited Monday, Oct. 26 near Silverado Canyon left two firefighters critically burned and forced more than 90,000 Irvine residents to evacuate. A man uses a hose to attempt to put out a fire in a tree after the Bond Fire, driven by high winds, threaten homes on Santiago Canyon Road near Silverado Canyon on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Erika’s passionate about animals and outdoor adventure. In parts of the evacuation zones, roads were empty except for emergency vehicles. “Please keep these firefighters in your thoughts and prayers, and their families,” Fennessy said. Many pointed out it was difficult to breathe as ash rained from the thick air. "[4], The fire moved into the Cleveland National Forest and crossed the path of the Santa Ana Mountains, singeing the slopes. He also is the fire administrative director for the city of Ontario. That fire consumed 28,000 acres and destroyed 42 structures. The Silverado Fire jumped the 241 Freeway from east to west earlier Monday, forcing the road to close between Santiago Canyon Road and the 133 Freeway. It’s off Highway 241 and Santiago Canyon Road in Orange County, per Cal Fire. Previously, she lived in New York City while studying at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she covered the growing Mexican immigrant population in the city. [4], California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in several California counties where fires were ongoing. UCI suspended all operations on campus for the day and said the suspension would continue Tuesday, Oct. 27. But according to the notice and spokesman Chris Abel, a lashing wire connected to telecommunication lines, not to Edison equipment, may have come in contact with Edison’s overhead primary conductor, and that may have caused the fire. It's a fluid situation in Irvine as the so-called Silverado Fire in the Santiago Canyon area. “This is a tough fire,” the chief said. She’s won many awards including first place in news (2016) by the Orange County Press Club for her coverage of record numbers of whale entanglements off the California coast. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: Fires sprout up off Portola Parkway in Irvine where smoke from the Silverado fire fills the sky on Monday, October 26, 2020. He said he wasn’t too worried but will be checking into a motel with his family of four on Monday, October 26, 2020. City officials with Orange and Anaheim said via social media that there was no threat to homes in their communities but were monitoring the fire’s movement. “Structures are threatened,” OCFA said just before 9 a.m. October 26, 2020 Active Incidents. While he spent some time with them and their families, he said of the injured men, “They were not in a position where they could speak with me. IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: Crews battle flames along The 241 Toll Road at Portola Parkway during the Silverado Fire in Irvine, CA, on Monday, October 26, 2020. The fire was intentionally started. The Silverado Fire in Orange County has burned more than 2,000 acres and is growing Monday. Ontario International Airport even halted flights. As of Monday evening, the fire stood at 7,200 acres and zero containment, according to Fire Chief Brian Fennessy. “We took pictures, baby books laptops and keepsakes.”. There will be no more updates at this point. The Santiago Fire was a wildfire located near Santiago Canyon in Orange County, California, U.S., and one of thirty California wildfires of October 2007. Jordan Villwock got his family ready as a strike team deployed along his street. This is a very hazardous job.”. A fire that erupted in Orange County’s canyon country quickly jumped into the nearby hillsides Thursday, whipped by Santa Ana winds and fueled by … According to the 1,100 firefighters who battled the blaze, the air conditions changed from the tumultuous Santa Ana winds to lower temperatures, more humidity, and more gentle onshore winds. 11/06 11:00 a.m.: The Silverado Fire in Orange County is now 98% contained at 12,466 acres. The Santiago fire is 155 acres and 80 percent contained, with the forward spread stopped. “It would have to march through these homes, like a major doomsday” to get to his home, Clift said. Erika Ritchie reports on South Orange County coastal communities, military issues and Camp Pendleton for the OC Register. Clift, who said he lives nearby, was riding his bicycle around the area to see how the firefighting efforts were going. The Bond Fire, driven by high winds, burns the hillsides west of Santiago Canyon Road near Silverado Canyon on Thursday, December 3, 2020. The strong winds hindered firefighting efforts: Officials said helicopters battling the Silverado fire had to be pulled from the blaze around 10:30 a.m. because the winds made water drops ineffective. More than 500 firefighters were working to quell the fire, which was sending smoke and ash across Southern California. Soon after, came the first round of mandatory evacuations, in Orchard Hills, affecting about 60,000 residents in the community east of Irvine. Several schools were evacuated. Though the streets were devoid of people, they were awash with branches and other matter blown by the wind. Monday, October 26, 2020. All schools in Irvine, Tustin and Placentia-Yorba Linda school districts announced they’d also be closed for instruction, including distance learning, on Tuesday, the districts announced. [5] President George W. Bush furthered the response effort in the state by ordering federal assistance to aid with state and local efforts. The Silverado Fire began burning at 6:47 am Monday, October 26. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: Fire gets close to homes off Portola Parkway in Portola Springs where a mandatory evacuation was ordered on Ground and Air support are currently battling the flames. Santiago Hills. He and his wife, who was at their home, had things ready to pack if it came to that, he said. Peters Canyon and Santiago Oaks regional parks were closed because of the high winds, the county parks department said. READ MORE: The Silverado fire prompts residents to evacuate their homes. Smoke alarms should be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level. During a news conference in Irvine Monday afternoon, OCFA Chief Fennessy said winds were expected to decrease in strength through the evening which would help use aircraft in the firefight again. Wind gusts were at around 45 mph in the area, according to the National Weather Service. Full Story . The Santiago Fire was a wildfire located near Santiago Canyon in Orange County, California, U.S., and one of thirty California wildfires of October 2007. Crews were making progress on a brush fire on Monday evening that burned about 155 acres south of Santiago Canyon near the northbound 241 Freeway, Orange County officials said. We work hard to achieve this by staying on top of newest advance, environmentally-friendly technology. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG), Firefighters set backfires along Alton Road to help battle blazes that started from high wind and the Silverado fire in Lake Forest on Monday, October 26, 2020. And he used to manage Laguna Beach’s emergency operations. Officials have closed the 241 Freeway from Santiago Canyon Road to the 133 Freeway. The area that's burning last burned in the Santiago Fire back in 2007. +1-714-288-1100 santiagohillscleaners@gmail.com Clift, who has lived in his Irvine home near the evacuation zone for eight years, said he was somewhat worried about having to leave it at some point. A fire in Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, called the Hill Fire, has already led to evacuations after the blaze quickly grew. “I lost the roof on my garage,” Hubble said. Started: January 15, 2021 Acres burned: 715 Containment: 60% Description: The fire is located at Bonita Vista Rd and Apple Canyon Rd, north of Garner Valley. The firefighters were working near where the fire started, the chief said, adding that authorities have requested an accident review team from the state handle the investigation. Her monthly Everyday Hero feature does just that, highlighting achievements of some of Orange County’s most dedicated volunteers and non-profit leaders. More than 18,000 customers had power shut off because of elevated fire risk. Bond Fire Prompts Closures of Portions of The Toll Roads. Erika’s covered military change of command and seen military affairs firsthand from the sea aboard a battleship, air from a MV-22 Osprey, and land including Pendleton’s International war games and San Clemente Island’s ordnance ranges. The Silverado fire was first reported at 10 acres just before 7 a.m. IRVINE, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2020) – The Bond Fire that broke out Thursday morning in Santiago Canyon has led the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to order closures of some segments of The Toll Roads. Much of the area was under mandatory evacuation as the Silverado fire threatened homes. Authorities reported the blaze had jumped the 241 toll road, prompting parts of it to be closed, according to the California Highway Patrol. Since joining the Register in 2001, she’s at times covered every city in South Orange County delving into development, housing, transportation, county government and social issues. Mandatory evacuations were issued for Santiago … Ontario International Airport even halted flights for several hours midday because of 70 mph-plus winds. "[4], 33.748833493954166°N 117.67193611186944°W, "Residents Flee Wildfires in S. California", "Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for California", "Six Navy copter crews helping fight wildfires", "Military helps fight fires while personnel evacuated", After Action Report Santiago Fire: October 21 - November 9, 2007, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Santiago_Fire&oldid=999849679, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 January 2021, at 07:25. Irvine Regional Park was closed for fire operations to assist during the fire. So even after he evacuated Villwock on Monday afternoon, was back to work handling it for Ontario. Find more information, directions, or if you even want to give us a call visit our contact page! Several schools in the Irvine and Tustin school districts moved students to other campuses or released students early. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: Orchard Hills resident Ruby Johnson takes photos and valuables with her as she and her husband get ready to leave during a mandatory fire evacuate on Monday, October 26, 2020 because of the Silverado fire. She has been on the board of the Orange County Press Club since 2015. Monday morning, all homes north of Irvine Boulevard from Bake Parkway to Jamboree Road were ordered to leave as thick smoke blanketed the sky and air quality decreased. Fire … Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The city of Ontario, along with most of Southern California, was expecting significant wind storms and an increased chance of vegetation fires. A fire broke out near Silverado Canyon with winds driving the fire out. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: Flames pop up along The 241 Toll Road at Portola Parkway during the Silverado Fire in Irvine, CA, on Monday, October 26, 2020. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: Johnny Jo packs up his family’s belongings in the Orchard Hills community in Irvine, CA on Monday, October 26, 2020. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: A firefighter works on a fire between the football field and tennis courts at Northwood High School in Irvine, CA on Monday, October 26, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: Smoke rolls across Portola Parkway at The 241 Toll Road during the Silverado Fire in Irvine, CA, on Monday, October 26, 2020. Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. There was no containment on the fire by evening, fire officials said. IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- Amid red-flag conditions brought on by gusting winds and dangerously low humidity, the Silverado Fire raced across terrain in … (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: A dazed-looking coyote stands on a strawberry field off Portola Parkway in Irvine where smoke from the Silverado fire fills the air on Monday, October 26, 2020. [1][3] According to Mike Rohde, a battalion chief with the Orange County Fire Authority, controlling the fire depended solely on the wind, saying at the time, "If the wind stays normal, everything will be fine." Default Image for Articles. Santiago Hills Cleaners is located in the city of Orange. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions. The blaze originated near Santiago Canyon Road at the border of Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon at 5:55 p.m. on October 21, 2007,[3] and burned approximately 28,445 acres (115 km2). If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. Within about three hours it had exploded to 2,000 acres. As of this afternoon, the Silverado Fire evacuation orders have been lifted for the city of Irvine and instruction will resume tomorrow (10/29) across all academic models as follows: Journalism allows Erika’s penchant for telling human stories of conflict, struggle and joy. The flames spread to … Open: 7 a.m. to sunset year round. Attendance: (949) 936-6001. Smoke Alarms. “But I’m also told that we can expect (winds) to increase in the early (Tuesday) morning hours,” he said. She frequents Mammoth Lakes and Mountain for hiking, biking & skiing and for her dogs to frolic in the snow and lakes. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: Orchard Hills resident Jesse Ortiz with his dog Pancake, watches as smoke from the Silverado fire overtakes his neighborhood and forces a mandatory evacuation. Twelve houses were destroyed in Santiago Canyon. Office Hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily Tuesday - Friday and as staff is available Saturday - Monday Trails may be closed for up to three days after rain. Santiago Oaks Regional Park 2145 N. Windes Drive Orange, CA 92869 (714) 973-6620 or (714) 973-6622 santiagooaks@ocparks.com. The company has no indication that there were downed lines in the area at the time the fire started, officials said in a notice filed Monday to the California Public Utilities Commission. Irvine, CA 92620 (949) 936-6000. 29 Christamon West. By nightfall, 90,800 had been forced to evacuate. Forecasters warned last week that the Santa Ana winds would return heightening, ever-present fire dangers. The 241 is closed from Santiago to the 133. Two Orange County Fire Authority firefighters were critically injured on Monday battling a ... Stonegate, Loma Ridge, Canyon View and Santiago Hills elementary schools. The members of the Santiago Hand Crew, of the Orange County Fire Authority suffered critical burns while battling the fast-moving blaze, according to … Wind knocked down trees, and residents were cutting them apart to get them out of the way of escape routes in case evacuation orders came. Current Incidents. Mandatory evacuations for Orchard Hills on Irvine Blvd: From Bake to Jamboree. Nutrition Services; IUSD Calendars; Parent Portal; Employment; PTA; Default Image for Events. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG), IRVINE, CA – OCTOBER 26: A mouse shivers after emerging from the bushes on near Portola Parkway at The 241 Toll Road during the Silverado Fire in Irvine, CA, on Monday, October 26, 2020. The fire was reported just after 6:45 a.m. Monday at 10 acres in size in the area of Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads, according to OCFA. In Foothill Ranch, the Santiago Canyon Estates, and Portola Hills, the fire reached the back yards of houses, but no homes were destroyed in those three neighborhoods. Or, contact our editors by emailing moderator@scng.com. The fire affected Irvine, Santiago Canyon, Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon, Trabuco Canyon, Foothill Ranch, and Portola Hills. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy told reporters Monday afternoon that the two injured firefighters, ages 26 and 31, are part of a hand crew. 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