Silverado Fire Map: Areas under evacuation order, warnings as the fire scorches the Irvine area near the Santiago Canyon in Orange County
IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) – In red flag conditions created by gusty winds and dangerously low humidity, the Silverado fire raced across the grounds in the Santiago Canyon area near Irvine, forcing mandatory evacuations, structures at risk and blocked important roads in the region.
By Tuesday afternoon, all district evacuation orders in Irvine City had been overturned.
Most of the evacuations in the Lake Forest had also been lifted.
Evacuations continued to be conducted in the central and eastern areas of the fire around Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. A voluntary evacuation warning was issued for the areas around Live Oak Canyon Road east of Portola Hills.
The specific Lake Forest neighborhoods where evacuations had been lifted were:
LF1: borders the city limits of Lake Forest to the north, the CA 241st Street tollbooth to the east, Alton Pkwy and Bake Pkwy to the south, and Empire to the west.
LF2: All parishes with access from Alton Parkway and east of CA-241 to Whiting Ranch.
LF5: All parishes along Glenn Ranch Road south of Fawn Ridge Road and south of Pendelton Road.
LF6: All parishes south of Bake Parkway and Portola Parkway.
LF7: All shops along Portola Parkway.
LF8: All shops along Portola Parkway.
LF9: borders on Alton Pkwy in the north, on CA 241 Toll Road in the east, on Bake Pkwy in the south and on Commercentre Dr.
In other parts of Orange County, evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted in:
Zone MV1: Parishes south of El Toro Road & Valley Vista
ZoneT3: Communities south of El Toro Road & Valley Vista (TRU 3 and MV 1)
District officials also said all COVID-19 test super sites will be closed on Tuesday due to the fires. Orange County’s Health Department urged residents to check for updates here: www.occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/supersite
SILVERADO FIRE EVACUATION MAP
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The campus at UC Irvine was closed until Wednesday due to the fire, school officials said. All non-essential staff were asked to go home or not come on campus on Monday. Only key employees supporting critical campus operations have been cleared to work with the doors and windows closed, the school said on Twitter.
Also, Irvine Unified School District officials said schools will be closed on Tuesday. Parents were asked to check their emails for updated information sent by the district
All Santiago Canyon College locations are closed on Tuesdays. School officials said the sites will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Tustin Unified School District closed all schools, including distance learning, on Tuesday because of the Silverado fire. School officials said all school-related activities and childcare facilities at TUSD school locations will also be canceled. Parents were encouraged to visit the district’s website for information about the closure.
The following schools were on distance learning Tuesday due to fire conditions:
Del Lago Elementary School
El Toro High School
Foothill Ranch Elementary
Glen Yermo Elementary School
La Madera Primary School
Lake Forest Elementary
Melinda Heights Elementary
Portola Hills Elementary School
Rancho Canada Elementary School
Trabuco Hills High School
Evacuation / Care Centers
Irvine Police said the University Community Center at 1 Beech Tree Lane and the Quail Hill Community Center at 35 Shady Canyon Drive are both available as evacuation centers.
In addition, the City of Irvine said the following care / reception facilities are open to help those affected by the fire: Woodbridge High School, Irvine Village Church, Mariners Church and Newport Coast Community Center.
Several care / reception facilities are available for those affected by #SilveradoFire, including:
Woodbridge High School
Irvine village church
Newport Coast Community Center
A full list of centers and updates can be found at https://t.co/eoUQKkirut.
– City of Irvine (@City_of_Irvine) October 26, 2020
The town of Lake Forest tweeted Tuesday morning that Saddleback Church in Portola has volunteers on-site at the church parking lot to have food for drive-through pickup.
OC Animal Care is open to dog, cat, and small pet housing for Orange County residents who were relocated due to the evacuations of the Silverado Fire. The shelter is located at 1630 Victory Rd. Tustin, CA 92782. For more information, call (714) 935-6848. This shelter currently accepts dogs, cats, and small pets. If possible, please bring photo ID, veterinary / vaccination records, special food and medication with your animals.
Irvine residents are also encouraged to visit www.cityofirvine.org for a map and list of the shelters that house both people and their pets.
The fire broke out just after 6:45 a.m. in the area of Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon streets. Orange County Fire Authority officials said the flames jumped onto the 241 freeway just after 9 a.m.
Although there were reports that structures were threatened and there were reports of buildings already burned, the fire protection authorities had not yet confirmed any structural damage. There were no reports of injuries.
The fire caused a large cloud of smoke to pour over the entire area, creating unhealthy air over a wide area. The Orange County Health Care Agency urged residents of the affected areas to stay indoors, limit outdoor activities, keep windows and doors closed, and operate air conditions to filter the air.
The City News Service contributed to this report.
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