OC Bond Fire now 50% contained with 7,375-acres burned, 28 buildings destroyed


A wind-driven brush fire in Silverado Canyon, initially sparked by a house fire, has downsized to 7, 375 acres burned, 28 buildings destroyed and 50 percent containment.

The 28 structures destroyed were not all homes, and another 19 structures were damaged, the Orange County Fire Authority reported.

Mandatory evacuations are still in place for residents in Modjeska, Black Star, Baker, Silverado, Williams canyon areas.

According to the OCFA on Twitter two firefighters were injured while battling the Bond Fire Thursday afternoon. They were treated by firefighter paramedics and transported to a hospital for further care. Those two firefighters have been released Friday.

Evacuation orders have been lifted in Lake Forest, North of Alton Parkway, East of the 241 in Friday. Canyon areas still remain under mandatory evacuation

So far, 25,000 residents have been evacuated, according to OCFA on Twitter.

Voluntary evacuations were issued for the following areas on Friday, according to OCFA map in Foothill Ranch East, Saddleback north, Live Oak and North Trabuco Canyon, Portola Hills North, Hidden Ridge and Sky Ridge.

On Friday there were no evacuations for Trabuco, Rose and Holy Jim canyon areas, Baker Ranch, Foothill Ranch North, Lemon Heights and North Cowan Heights.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL EVACUATION MAP: https://ocsheriff.gov/commands-divisions/field-operations-investigations-command/emergency-management/resources-during

The fire sparked Wednesday at around 10:15 p.m. Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded to the 29400 block of Silverado Canyon Drive.

Bond Fire has about 500 firefighters on the ground, working in unison with the U.S. Forest Service and in coordination with fire helicopters and a helitanker, the OCFA said.

"Due to COVID-19, no congregate shelter is offered," the authority tweeted about 5:20 a.m. "A temporary OC Red Cross evacuation point is at 8405 E. Chapman Ave, Orange. Info and restrooms available."

No injuries were immediately reported.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department announced that the county's Emergency Operations Center was activated to support the firefighting effort.

A public safety map with evacuation orders and warnings was available at https://bit.ly/2Vy231m.

Santiago Canyon Road from Jackson Ranch Road to the Eastern Transportation (241 Toll Road) Corridor was closed.

Although the fire can be seen from the city, the Irvine Police Department alerted residents to the Bond Fire, but for the moment there is not immediate danger to residents in the area.

Inland Orange County is under a red-flag warning until 10 p.m. Saturday for extreme fire danger due to high winds and low relative humidity.

OC Animal Care is open to house dogs, cats and small pets for Orange County residents relocated as a result of the Bond Fire evacuations.
The shelter is located at 1630 Victory Rd. Tustin, CA 92782. Please call (714) 935-6848 for more information.

This shelter is currently accepting dogs, cats, and small pets. If possible, please bring photo identification, veterinary/vaccination records, special food, and medications along with your animals.

Animal owners currently under evacuation warning (voluntary) or evacuation order (mandatory) are strongly encouraged to evacuate with their pets as the emergency may prevent resources from entering impacted areas to assist with animals due to safety concerns.

Animal owners with disabilities, access, functional needs or those looking for up-to-date information can call OC Animal Care at (714) 935-6848 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and (714) 259-1122 (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) or dial 911 for assistance.

City News Service contributed to this story.