California Fire Map, Update For Silverado and Blue Ridge Fires as Evacuation Orders in Place

The Silverado Fire and the Blue Ridge Fire have burned through nearly 30,000 acres so far and more than 1,800 firefighters continue to battle the fires. However, evacuation areas have reduced.

Evacuations near the fires, which are raging south of Los Angeles, led to around 80,000 people leaving their homes, but thousands have recently been told they can return.

Silverado Fire

As of yesterday, the Silverado Fire, near Irvine, was 5 per cent contained and no homes had been lost. The Irvine Police Department had issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents, but some people are now allowed to return their home.

The City of Irvine put out a notice on 27 October that mandatory evacuations for the Silverado Fire have been lifted in the the following areas:

  • Everything south of Portola Parkway and west of the 133 Toll Road
  • Everything east of the 133 Toll Road to Portola High School and everything north of Great Park Boulevard to Irvine Boulevard. This also includes the commercial area west of Bake Parkway and south of Irvine Boulevard to Toledo Way
  • Everything south of Portola Parkway, east of the 133, and west of Axis. Irvine Boulevard will remain closed between Axis and Alton

All other evacuation orders remain in place, see the changes to the evacuation areas in the maps, or type in your zip code here to see if your home is in a safe zone.

Previous evacuation areas

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OC Emergency Public Information Map 27-10-20 6am ET. The Silverado Fire evacuation on Tuesday. OC Emergency Public Information Map

Updated evacuation areas

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OC Emergency Public Information Map 28-10-20 2am ET. The Silverado Fire evacuation area early on Wednesday. OC Emergency Public Information Map

Blue Ridge Fire

Meanwhile, the Blue Ridge Fire is still zero per cent contained. Around 10 homes have been destroyed by the blaze as firefighters continue to tackle the flames.

Footage taken on Tuesday evening shows helicopters dumping water onto the Blue Ridge Fire, with flames dangerously close to residences Aquamarine Ct. in Chino Hills.

"It's a ghost town here. Looks like most people followed evac orders," wrote FoxLA reporter Bill Melugin on Twitter.

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OC Emergency Public Information Map - 28-10-20 2.30am ET. The Blue Ridge Fire near Yorba Linda in Orange County is still out of control as of Wednesday morning. OC Emergency Public Information Map

One of his recent videos shows the incredible skill the firefighters had in extinguishing the blaze on Celadon Ct. in Chino Hills above properties. "Line of flame was moving behind homes until a small night flying Cal Fire chopper with a lot of punch came and knocked most of it out to protect houses here," wrote Melugin.

WATCH: Talk about a perfect drop! Nice job @CAL_FIRE. I am now on Celadon Ct. in Chino Hills. Line of flame was moving behind homes until a small night flying Cal Fire chopper with a lot of punch came and knocked most of it out to protect houses here. #BlueRidgeFire @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/d4PWcqLAxp

— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) October 28, 2020

Southern California Edison spokesperson has suggested that a power line may have contributed to the Silverado Fire. "...[It] appears that a lashing wire attached to a telecommunications line may have contacted SCE's power line above it, possibly starting the fire," Abel told CNN.

More than 200,000 people were left without electricity on Monday. Power has been restored for thousands of homes, and now only around 200 are still cut off, according to the power cut tracking website PowerOutage.

Injuries and Rescues

Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy told press that two firefighters suffered second and third degree burns while tackling the Silverado Fire near Irvine.

"We're experiencing very high winds and low humidity," Fennessy said of the recent conditions. "This is a very hazardous job. I'm just so proud of my firefighters."

Meanwhile, some have been working to rescue animals trapped in the area. One team rescued a barn owl from the scene. Alongside a video of the bird, the OCFA wrote: "He's safe and sound and currently with animal control."

Earlier this evening one of our crews on a brush rig rescued a barn owl from the flames of the #SilveradoFire. He’s safe and sound and currently with animal control. pic.twitter.com/L7VycEx3qd

— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) October 28, 2020

At the Blue Ridge Fire teams also saved a herd of cows, by making a dramatic water drop near by.

#BlueRidgeFire helicopters working the leading edge of the fire make drops ahead of a herd of cows grazing on a hilltop. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/vJEBjft0jC

— Kevin Takumi (@KevinTakumi) October 27, 2020

The wider picture

California wildfires have burnt 4.1 million acres this year, and damaged or destroyed more than 10,000 structures. More than 30 people have been killed as a result of the wildfires, as of 26 October.

Silverado Fire In Orange Country
Firefighters react to approaching flames at the Blue Ridge Fire on October 27, 2020 in Yorba Linda, California. Strong Santa Ana Winds gusting to more than 90 miles per hour have driven the Blue Ridge Fire and Silverado Fire across thousands of acres, grounding firefighting aircraft, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and gravely injuring two firefighters. More than 8,200 wildfires have burned across a record 4 million-plus acres so far this year, more than double the previous record. David McNew