The Silverado Fire is burning is 12,466 acres and 82% contained Sunday. Full containment is expected Nov. 10, according to CalFire on Twitter.
As of Sunday, all evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted for the Silverado Fire. All evacuations were lifted for the Irvine area last week.
The two injured firefighters remain intubated in critical condition with second and third degree burns over 50-65% of their bodies.
There are two ways to make a monetary donation to support the costs associated with the long healing process of these burn victims, and to support their families: Wildland Firefighting Foundation www.Wffoundation.org
Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund www.gofundme.com/f/orange-county-ca-firefighters
Cal Fire spokesman Rigo Herrera tells KNX the winds have died down - which makes the job easier for firefighters. Herrera says water-dropping aircraft will be out again. He says full containment of the fire isn't expected until early next month.
Firefighters pushed flames back during strong winds yesterday and Monday.. and prevented home from burning down.
The fire started Monday and about 80,000 people were told to evacuate.
Southern California Edison says its equipment might have sparked the fire.
Winds eased a bit Tuesday afternoon but, the fire is still rolling through bone dry brush. More than 90,000 residents have been evacuated and it may be a while before they can go home. No homes have been damaged in the fire.
Those wishing to donate to the injured firefighters can contribute to the OCPFA Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund at http://www.ocfirefighters.org/.
Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy says the two firefighters who were critically burned Monday still are fighting for their lives.
Some Irvine residents now are able to go back to their homes. Evacuation orders have been lifted for areas south of Portola Parkway and west of the 133 Toll Road.
A very dangerous situation in the Silverado Canyon area of Orange County where a fast moving wildfire is being driven by high Santa Ana winds. Tens of thousands of people have had to evacuate from the blaze area.
There are more than 700 firefighters on the scene now. Although the fire hasn't actually hit any homes yet, it has seriously injured 2 firefighters. According to the Orange County Fire Authority two OCFA Handcrew members were critically injured. They are 26 and 31-years-old, both are covered in second and third degree burns and are currently intibated.
Care facilities that are open for those impacted on Tuesday:
University High School: 4771 Campus Dr
Woodbridge High School: 2 Meadowbrook
Las Lomas Community Center: 10 Federation Way
University Community Center: 1 Beech Tree Lane
Quail Hill Community Center: 35 Shady Canyon Dr
Harvard Rancho Senior Center: 3 Ethel Coplen Way
Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy just had the update Monday afternoon that tens of thousands of people forced from their homes had hoped to hear. He said "We have been very fortunate not to have lost any structures yet. A lot of that has to do with the great work our citizens have done within the city of Irvine - the brush clearances. Everything we have asked in terms of defensible space really led to a lot of success in terms of lack of structure loss."
Irvine Mayor Christina Shea tells KNX 1070 residents who are evacuating are going in the wrong direction - towards the fire. She said people need to be moving south, not going north.
Orange County Fire Authority Captain Greg Barta says use of helicopters is hit and miss right now as wind conditions permit. He said the wind is making it difficult.
"The wind is making it very difficult on us. We do have crews on the ground that are attempting to construct, what we call line which is put hose lines and remove some of the fuel that is in the fire's path but it is very difficult. The other thing we are doing is placing resources at tactically advantageous locations should the fire threaten any homes. We want to be there to defend those homes," he said.
There was a fence line that was burnt, according to Orange County Fire Authority Captain Greg Barta on Monday afternoon adding he had no reports of homes being burnt at this time.
The city of Irvine also stated: Anyone in the evacuation zone needing medical assistance is advised to call 949-529-4774.
Irvine Unified School District has issued mandatory evacuations. While students remain safe, the following IUSD elementary schools are under mandatory evacuation: Canyon View, Santiago Hills, Portola Springs, Eastwood, Stonegate and Loma Ridge.
Tustin Unified School District evacuated three schools: Orchard Hills School, Hicks Canyon Myford elementary schools.
Mandatory Evacuation for local Montessori schools: Le Port, Northwood, Little Explorers
The blaze began this morning in the area of Santiago Canyon Road and Silverado Canyon Road.