“We just gotta get ready,” firefighter Paul Carlton said, “because the fire’s headed this way.”Ã‚Â
We have some good news and some bad news regarding the Santiago Wildfire. The good news is that the fire is now 30% contained, and Irvine and Tustin look to be safe now. However, the bad news tonight is that Santa Ana Winds are now carrying the fire southeast, into South County. Now, evacuations are being ordered for all residents of the Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills communities of Lake Forest.
There is now an information hotline for residents of Lake Forest, which is at (714) 628-7085. The Red Cross has set up at the evacuation site at El Toro High School, 25255 Toledo Way (off El Toro Road). So far there are no casualties, but at least one firefighter was injured in Santiago Canyon as others suffered for a lack of engine and air support.
And even though the fire is headed toward Lake Forest, the entire county has been affected by the fire. Schools are closed due to the heavy smoke, freeways are clogged as people escape the danger zone. John Wayne Airport lost power briefly this afternoon, and so did about 6,000 homes throughout Orange County.
For more information, go to The Register’s wildfire page for the latest updates. Also, stay tuned here at The Liberal OC. We’ll keep mointoring the situation, and we’ll continue posting updates as soon as we have new information.