Wind-whipped Bond fire threatens homes in Orange County

A wind-swept fire threatened homes in the mountainous community of Orange County, prompting evacuations and warnings in early Thursday that the fire could spread quickly.

Residents of Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon and Williams Canyon were subject to a mandatory evacuation order as the Bond fire “exploded to 1,500 acres,” the Orange County Fire Department said. Structures were threatened in Silverado and Williams canyons.

The Bond fire broke out overnight in Orange County.

The Bond Fire erupted overnight in Orange County.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The embers were already lighting a new fire on Santiago Canyon Road. “Residents in the area need to be prepared for the evacuation,” the Orange County Fire Department said in a tweet. More than 240 firefighters battled the fire.

The fire department said on Wednesday after 11pm that a structural fire had spread into nearby vegetation and that firefighters were on site with fire-fighting helicopters and a helicopter.

There are dangerous fires in southern California, with dry, windless Santa Ana winds expected from the northeast, widespread gusts of 30 to 50 mph, and gusts of 50 to 70 mph on the passes and adjacent areas. foothills. “Any fire that develops is likely to spread quickly,” the National Meteorological Service said.

Significant gusts were already reported on Wednesday night, including gusts of 49 km / h at the Santiago summit.

The LA Weather County National Meteorological Service has issued an unusual warning of a “particularly dangerous situation” for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the Santa Clarita Valley, with northeast wind gusts projected at 55 to 70 mph, extremely accompanying them. dry air, the relative humidity is expected to be only 4%.

The most severe conditions are expected between 3 and 6 p.m. on Thursday