Santiago Fire UPDATE: Flames Nearing Silverado, Last Holdouts Being Evacuated

Here’s some not so good news on the Santiago Fire. Once again, flames are headed toward Silverado Canyon, and fire officials warned that it could be within minutes of coming over the ridgelines there. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies are going through the canyon to evacuate any remaining holdouts. The fire had been moving through the isolated wilderness of the Cleveland National Forest, and fire officials said earlier in the day that it no longer appeared to pose an immediate threat to homes. However the threat is back, and Silverado Canyon is at risk.

The Register is reporting that a strike team of nearly 200 firefighters was in the canyon, and their only order was to protect the homes in Silverado. The fire appeared to be threatening the back end of the canyon, where there are at least 100 homes. This is not looking good for Silverado, but hopefully the firefighters can keep the flames from entering what has been one of the few areas in the canyons spared by the inferno.

Please stay tuned here at The Liberal OC while we keep up with this new development. As soon as the we find out what’s happening in Silverado, we’ll update you on it.

  5 comments for “Santiago Fire UPDATE: Flames Nearing Silverado, Last Holdouts Being Evacuated

  1. October 26, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Would this be the “Up Canyon” part?

  2. Andrew Davey
    October 26, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    Gary, I believe so. Is “up canyon” this area where there are 100 homes?

  3. October 26, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    It’s where Ron Shepston’s house is.

  4. Julie Freelove
    October 26, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you for the up-dates. Please keep them coming.

  5. October 26, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    I wish they’d put a time on the reports as they are written, so we know how old this news is. I live in Riverside and I can see the fire coming over the ridge, but cannot find any updates. Anyone know where I should go to find the latest? Thanks.

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