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Blue Ridge fire scorches 8,000 acres, with 0% containment

A wind-driven brush fire that broke out on the west end of Corona in Riverside County and quickly spread into Orange County, threatening homes in Yorba Linda and blackening 8,000 acres, was 0% contained as of Tuesday morning, Oct. 27.

At least two homes have been damaged.

The high winds grounded aircraft used to battle fires for most of the day, but by late Monday afternoon, a DC-10 was up in the air making air drops in Yorba Linda, said Brian Fennessy, chief of the Orange County Fire Authority.

“But we’re also told we can expect (winds) to increase in the early morning hours until they die off sometime tomorrow afternoon,” he said.

About 550 firefighters were battling the blaze. There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.

The Blue Ridge fire, the blaze was reported at 12:55 p.m. Monday adjacent to the Green River Golf Club, just off of Green River Road and the 91 Freeway.

The Orange County Fire Authority and other officials said late Monday and early Tuesday that evacuation orders were in effect for residents living in thousands of homes in the following areas:

— The Hidden Hills community and Yorba Linda, north of the 91, east of Gypsum Canyon.

— All of Carbon Canyon from the county line to Summit Ranch in Chino in San Bernardino County.

— Homes on both the west and east sides of Carbon Canyon Road, including the communities of Sleepy Hollow, Oak Tree Downs, Pine Valley Estates, Western Hills and Summit Ranch to the west of Chino; Valley Springs, Carriage Hills and Old Carbon Canyon Road to the east.

— The mandatory evacuations include the Olinda Village and Hollydale neighborhoods, and voluntary evacuations were urged for the Olinda Ranch and Brea Hills areas.

— About 2 a.m. Tuesday, an evacuation warning was issued by Los Angeles County officials for an area south of Diamond Bar, bordered by Grand Avenue to the north, Diamond Bar Boulevard to the west, the Los Angeles/Orange county line to the south and the Los Angeles/San Bernardino county line to the east.

— Mandatory evacuation orders were issued at 4:25 a.m. in Chino Hills in San Bernardino County for residents south of Soquel Canyon Parkway, including the entire area of Bell Ridge Drive and Golden Terrace Drive on the west to Misty Hill Drive on the east. Also under a mandatory evacuation order are communities north of Soquel Canyon Parkway at Pipeline Avenue, west of Wickman Elementary School, including homes on Winged Foot Way, Pebble Beach Lane, Singing Hills Drive, August Drive and Firestone Lane.

— Evacuation orders issued Monday night included all Carbon Canyon from the county line, west of Sleepy Hollow to Summit Ranch on both the north and south sides of Carbon Canyon Road and the Village Oaks area, west of Peyton Drive near Bayberry, including Oak Creek Road, Oak Canyon Drive and Oak Crest Drive and the entire Vellano community. The evacuation order includes Sleepy Hollow, Hill of Hope, Hillcrest, Oak Tree Downs, Pine Valley Estates, Western Hills Estates, Valley Springs/Western Hills Oaks, Carriage Hills and Old Carbon Canyon Road to the south.

An evacuation warning was issued about 1:25 a.m. for residents in the Butterfield Ranch, west of Butterfield Ranch Road, south of Pine Avenue to 71 Freeway.

There are no evacuation orders or warnings for Corona, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

Source: Orange County Register

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