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Firefighters get the Blue Ridge, Silverado fires near full containment

The week-old Silverado and Blue Ridge wildfires that at one point sent tens of thousands of people fleeing from their homes and damaged a handful of buildings were nearly fully contained as of Monday, Nov. 2, officials said.

Containment was at 93% for each blaze, meaning fire officials believe the fires won’t spread beyond that percentage of their perimeters.

“Crews worked (through) the evening establishing additional containment line,” Cal Fire said in a morning update. “Today, firefighters will patrol, mop-up, and continue fire-suppression repair.”

Both started on Oct. 26 and were pushed to fast growth by powerful winds.

The Silverado fire affected mostly residents in the Irvine area who were ordered to evacuate their homes soon when thick smoke blanketed the sky. Cal Fire says that nine structures had been damaged while three more were destroyed. That fire has burned 12,466 acres.

The Blue Ridge fire began when two smaller fires merged in the Yorba Linda area: One home has been destroyed, with 10 structures suffering damaged, according to Cal Fire. It had burned 13,694 acres.

On Monday morning, Caltrans announced the remaining road closures were reopened.

Source: Orange County Register

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