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Evacuations Expand in Orange County for 8,000-Acre Blue Ridge Fire

A wind-driven brush fire that broke out on the west end of Corona in Riverside County and quickly spread into Orange County threatened homes in Yorba Linda and burned about 8,000 acres.

Initially called the Green Fire and later renamed the Blue Ridge Fire, the blaze was reported at 12:55 p.m. Monday adjacent to the Green River Golf Club, just off of Green River Road and the 91 Freeway, according to the Corona Fire Department.

Flames pushed toward Chino Hill Monday night, but no homes were damaged.

There was no containment early Tuesday.

The high winds grounded aircraft used to battle fires for most of the day, but by late Monday afternoon, a DC-10 was up in the air making airdrops in Yorba Linda, Fennessy said. More drops were expected Tuesday.

Red flag conditions indicating high fire danger are expected through Tuesday in Southern California. Winds are expected to diminish Tuesday evening.

About 550 firefighters were battling the blaze. Multiple engine crews from the city and Riverside County Fire Department encountered flames moving rapidly west up a hillside, powered by 30 mph Santa Ana winds.

The head of the fire entered Orange County about 1:20 p.m. Monday, and the flames raced toward Yorba Linda, posing a threat to scores of residences.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.

Evacuation Orders

The Orange County Fire Authority said about 11 p.m. Monday that evacuation orders were in effect for residents living in thousands of homes in the following areas.

  • The Hidden Hills community and Yorba Linda, north of the Riverside
    91 Freeway, east of Gypsum Canyon.
  • All of Carbon Canyon from the county line to Summit Ranch in Chino in San Bernardino County.
  • Homes on both the west and east sides of Carbon Canyon Road, including Sleepy Hollow, Oak Tree Downs, Pine Valley Estates, Western Hills and Summit Ranch to the west of Chino, Valley Springs, Carriage Hills and Old Carbon Canyon Road to the east.

Mandatory evacuations were issued just after midnight by Brea city officials for residents in all of Carbon Canyon, east of Brea Hills to the county line, including the Olinda Village and Hollydale neighborhoods, and voluntary evacuations were urged for the Olinda Ranch and Brea Hills areas.

About 2 a.m., an evacuation warning was issued by Los Angeles County officials for an area south of Diamond Bar, bordered by Grand Avenue to the north, Diamond Bar Boulevard to the west, the Los Angeles/Orange county line to the south and the Los Angeles/San Bernardino county line to the east.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued at 4:25 a.m. in Chino Hills in San Bernardino County for residents south of Soquel Canyon Parkway, including the entire area of Bell Ridge Drive and Golden Terrace Drive on the west to Misty Hill Drive on the east. Also under a mandatory evacuation order are communities north of Soquel Canyon Parkway at Pipeline Avenue, west of Wickman Elementary School, including homes on Winged Foot Way, Pebble Beach Lane, Singing Hills Drive, August Drive and Firestone Lane

An evacuation warning was issued about 1:25 a.m. for residents in the Butterfield Ranch, west of Butterfield Ranch Road, south of Pine Avenue to the 71 Freeway.

There are no evacuation orders or warnings for Corona, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

A temporary evacuation point for displaced Yorba Linda residents has been established at the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House located at 4701 Casa Loma Ave, Yorba Linda, CA 92886.

Two shelters — located at Esperanza High School located at 1830 Kellogg Dr. in Anaheim and Valencia High School located at 500 Bradford Ave. in Placentia — were established for displaced residents. Animals are not permitted at those shelters, but small animals can be taken to OC Animal Care Services at 1630 Victoria Rd. in Tustin.

Residents may receive emergency alerts on their cell phones and e-mail addresses by registering online at www.alertoc.com. The phone numbers registered will be called only if the registered address is affected by an emergency situation. More evacuation information is available at readyoc.org including an interactive map where residents can input their address and check to see if they’re in an evacuation zone.

A Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was secured Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The grant will assist local and state agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75% reimbursement of their eligible firefighting costs.

Early Monday, a fire broke out in eastern Orange County. The Silverado Fire was estimated at 7,200 acres early Tuesday morning. About 70,000 people were under evacuation orders.

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Source: NBC Los Angeles

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