Here’s the latest news on the Santiago Fire, courtesy of The Register. Today, firefighters stopped playing defense and began going on the offense. Now that the fire no longer poses an immediate threat to residential areas, OC firefighters are focusing on containing the fire and preventing it from spreading any further to the east or southeast.
And right now, the key battle against this fire is occurring at Silverado Canyon. Firefighters are now preparing for where the fire may come should it leap from the ridge above Bear Flats canyon where it is currently burning. Homes in Silverado seem to be safe from the flames for now, but mandatory evacuations remain in place for Silverado, Modjeska, and Trabuco Canyons.
In other news, the US Forest Service has taken charge of firefighting efforts in the Santiago Fire and announced joint information web site in addition to OCFA’s fire web site. Firefighting operations are now being jointly managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Cal Fire.
In other news today, four new casualties to the San Diego fires were found near the Mexican Border. Also, four arson suspects were arrested in San Bernardino County. Oh yes, and President Bush visited San Diego today, promising not to forget the victims of these horrid fires. You can find my personal thoughts on that at the thread below.
Stay tuned here at The Liberal OC for the latest on the California Wildfires. We’ll keep you updated on what’s happening with the Santiago Fire, and we’ll work on more coverage of the other state fires. Oh yes, and please keep the evacuees and the firefighters in your thoughts and prayers. Remember their suffering, and see what you can do to help your fellow Californians.