Story at a glance
- As of Friday afternoon, the Bond Fire had torn through 6,400 acres with just 10 percent containment.
- About 25,000 residents were evacuated from the region as the blaze spread.
- More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze and at least two were injured.
Firefighters are continuing to battle a wildfire fueled by strong Santa Ana winds that forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate neighborhoods in Orange County, Calif., Thursday.
The Bond Fire in Silverado Canyon started as a house fire Wednesday night and quickly and uncontrollably spread to nearby brush in surrounding hillsides.
The Orange County Fire Authority on Thursday initially reported 7,200 acres had burned, but that number was reduced by nearly 1,000 acres due to more accurate mapping.
As of Friday afternoon, the Bond Fire had torn through 6,400 acres with just 10 percent containment.
Mandatory and voluntary evacuations were ordered for several canyon and foothill neighborhoods near the city of Lake Forest. About 25,000 residents were evacuated from the region as the blaze spread. Evacuation orders have since been lifted in Lake Forest, north of Alton Parkway, east of the 241 Freeway.
“Firefighters worked through the night extinguishing hot spots, mopping up around structures and stopping the forward spread of this fire,” Orange County Fire Authority Captain Paul Holaday said in a video posted to Twitter Friday.
Holaday said ground units were focused on protecting the canyon communities of Santiago, Silverado, Williams and Modjeska.
More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze and at least two were injured Thursday afternoon. They were treated by paramedics and transported to a hospital, but their condition is unclear at this time.
California has experienced its worst year ever for wildfires in 2020. More than 4 million acres have burned in the state and six fires were among the top 20 largest in the state’s history.
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