Here’s the latest on the Santiago Fire, courtesy of The Register. Mandatory evacuations are now underway for for the canyon areas northeast of Santiago Canyon Road, between Modjeska Canyon Road and Live Oak Canyon Road, including the Santiago Estates neighborhood. Areas along Live Oak Canyon Road through the Trabuco Canyon area, including O’Neill Regional Park, to Trabuco Creek Road are also included in this mandatory evacuation. At least eight Modjeska Canyon houses burned to the ground today as strong winds brought huge flames through the narrow canyon area into residential neighborhoods. However, it looks like the threat to South County has resurfaced, as the fire is now approaching Trabuco Canyon. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies blocked access to Trabuco Canyon from the north at the intersection of Plano Trabuco and Robinson Ranch Road. From the south, Trabuco Canyon was also blocked from Marguerite Parkway and El Toro Road.
For everyone evacuating from at-risk neighborhoods, El Toro High School (Lake Forest) and El Modena High School (Orange) are still open for shelter. The Orange County Sheriff’s Blog has regular updates as well.
As always, stay tuned here at The Liberal OC for updates on the Santiago Fire. Also, if you live in any of the areas hit, please call the information hotline at (714) 628-7085. And again, our hopes and prayers go to everyone affected by this terrible fire, as well as all the brave law enforcement officers and firefighters who are doing their best to keep us safe.