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.