Firefighters continue to fight the wildfire fueled by the strong Santa Ana wind that forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate parts of Orange County, California on Thursday.
The Bond Fire in Silverado Canyon began as a home fire on Wednesday night and quickly and uncontrollably spread to the nearby brush on the surrounding hillsides.
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The Orange County Fire Department originally burned 7,200 acres on Thursday, but that number dropped nearly 1,000 acres due to more accurate mapping.
By Friday afternoon, the bond fire broke through 6,400 acres with just a 10 percent limit.
Mandatory and voluntary evacuation ordered around several canyons and foothills near the town of Lake Forest. About 25,000 residents were evacuated from the region with the spread of the flame. Evacuation orders have since been lifted in Lake Forest, north of Alton Parkway, east of Highway 241.
“Firefighters extinguished the hot spots during the night, snapped up the structures and prevented the fire from spreading,” said Paul Holaday, captain of the Orange County Fire Department. posted on Twitter for Friday.
Holaday said the land units were focused on protecting the communities of Santiago, Silverado, Williams and Modjeska canyons.
More than 500 firefighters battled the flames and at least two were injured Thursday afternoon. Ambulances took care of them and transported them to hospital, but their condition is not yet clear.
California achieved its worst year to date due to the fires in 2020. More than 4 million acres burned in the state and there were six fires among the 20 largest in the state’s history.
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