On Friday, December 4, a criminal investigation was conducted at a house in Silverado Canyon, the area where the 7,375-acre Bond fire broke out.
The destroyed house on Bond Way was still smoked on Friday when officials from the Orange County Fire Department and Cal Fire on the estate called it the scene of a criminal case.
Three brick walls and a pile of debris were left only from the home.
Authorities have not said why they are investigating the site, although Bond Way is the small street where officials and canyon residents said the flames began.
Orange County Fire Department officials continue to state that a fire has started in a house on block 29000 of Silverado Canyon Road – but this is a listed address for mailboxes used by nearby houses, including the house on Bond Way. shared the fire, according to Captain Paul Holaday.
They gave no cause for the house fire.
What is certain, however, is that according to authorities, flames spread from the house to the surrounding brush on Wednesday at around 10pm. That night, the strong Santa Ana wind pushed the rapid spread as residents rushed to flee.
The crew worked day and night on Thursdays and Fridays to bring the fire to the forefront after early gusts quickly increased their footprint.
By Friday night, firefighters had reached the 30% limit, the percentage of the edge of the fire where the fire would not spread further due to the work of firefighters and other obstacles such as roads, rocky terrain and rivers. The flame grew by 7,375 acres.
In the company of SOCAL Edison, OCFA operates a CH-47 Chinook helicopter capable of delivering 3,000 gallons of water or retardant in a single pass. This helitanker is supported by #BondFire from the beginning. pic.twitter.com/pdK8GNCUqr
– OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) December 4, 2020
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“The crew worked all night, on both air and ground units, to get us these container lines,” Captain Holaday said.
“We did a great job last night to stop the fire from progressing and we’re working to put it out.”
The flames have escaped 25,000 residents and destroyed at least one building and damaged at least one, Cal Fire said Friday night, although those numbers are expected to rise as officials reach the burned areas better.
Residents of the canyons counted four lost houses.
Two Forest Service firefighters were injured in the fire. They were treated Thursday and released from the hospital. One had a leg injury and the other had a minor bruise, Forest Service officials said.
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All roads reopened, except for roads leading to canyons, which are still subject to mandatory evacuation orders. Evacuation orders were lifted in Forest Lake, north of Alton Parkway, east of Route 241, firefighters said.
“There wasn’t a lot of wind last night, so it helped,” said OCFA captain Thanh Nguyen.
The planes were able to make water droplets, which helped them make a profit. On the first night of the flames, the gusts of wind were too strong for helicopters to fly.
“The plan is to tighten these (container) pipelines and make them safe,” Nguyen said.
According to the National Meteorological Service, gusts will be reduced. Humidity is expected to remain low over the weekend.
But another round of Santa Ana winds is expected early next week. It is forecast to not be as strong as it was this week, but still strong.
Firefighters are trying to take advantage of the reduction in shocks to better catch the flames, Nguyen said. “We’re trying to get to the point that if the wind picks up again, we’ll be able to sustain the fire.”
On Friday, they watched and waited for Canyon Dwellers in Orange County, who had to evacuate their homes because of the Bond fire.
Steve Cottingham spent the night in a Chevy Silverado truck at Saddleback College. He lived in his canyon house for 25 years and experienced two previous fire-related evacuations.
On Friday afternoon, he drove up to Santiago Canyon Road to try to get to his house, which he thought was not affected by the fire, but California Highway Patrol officers were stationed at Santiago Canyon and Ridgeline Road, denying him access.
Cottingham did not have time to prepare for the evacuation.
“I had to go out really fast, and that’s all,” he said, gesturing to his jeans and his yellow T-shirt with “Silverado Canyon” on it.
After being evacuated due to fires last October when Orange County experienced Blue Ridge and Silverade fires, Cottingham planned to keep an emergency kit assembled in his truck.
“That’s what I did,” he said, “but I didn’t think it would be in two, three weeks, or anything.”
Mary McWhorter, a modjeska resident, has lived on Olive Hill Lane for 42 years. He has plenty of evacuation experience.
“I think it’s the fourth or fifth,” he said. – No, this is the fifth, precisely because it was in October.
McWhorter, a 73-year-old retired teacher, parked on Ridgeline, on a hill from Santiago Canyon in his 2005 Ford Escape, filled with clothes, canes and other essentials.
It was actually a downsized evacuation for him.
“I’m not taking as much as I used to,” he said. “Years ago, when I was young, I took everything except the kitchen sink. Now I’m just taking the important papers, some photos, and maybe some piano music. “
He spent Thursday night in his vehicle at Saddleback Temple after evacuating early Thursday morning. He kept an eye on the CHP vehicle that blocked the entrance to Santiago Canyon Road and waited for the officers to move the orange cones.
Officers allowed residents to walk up the canyon road to obtain medicines or other important items, but no emergency vehicles were allowed to pass.
Other Modje residents he spoke to confirmed that his home and all the other people on Mount Olive were fine.
He didn’t have to tell McWhorter to leave his house.
“I stayed as long as I could,” he said Friday. “When I saw the fire on the ridge, I left.”
At first, however, he made sure that the two wild cats hanging around his house contained plenty of food and water.
Meanwhile, like so many other canyon dwellers since Wednesday night, he waited.
“I don’t know if I can do this again,” he said with a nervous laugh.
Edison in Southern California usually shuts off power in certain areas, which increases the chances of fires. There were 859 customers without electricity in Orange County on Friday morning. These blockages were in the canyons, namely Silverado.
In October, the Silverado fire charred more than 13,000 acres in roughly the same footprint as the Bond fire. According to the fire department, there was still plenty of dry vegetation in the region.
Co-writer Jonah Valdez contributed to this report.