12.02.2020 | 10:13 PM | SILVERADO – A house fire spread to vegetation causing the fast-moving “Bond Fire” that scorched thousands of acres overnight.
The fire was reported after callers heard an explosion followed by fire at a home near the 29400 block of Silverado Canyon Road, near Bond Way, around 10:13 PM.
Firefighters arriving on scene located a home engulfed in flames with fire spreading to nearby vegetation.
Crews worked to contained the flames but strong winds spread the fire further into dense brush and up a steep hill.
It appeared that the fire burned several additional structures but a total figure was not immediately available.
As of 4:00 AM early Thursday morning the fire had burned more than 2,000 cres with no containment reported.
Over 240 firefighters from numerous agencies across Orange County are on scene battling the blaze from the ground and air.
The fire broke out when power in the area was already shut-down in anticipation of red-flag winds.
Winds have continued to gust and change directions in an erratic nature complicating efforts to battle the fire.
Mandatory evacuations are in effect for residents in the Modjeska, Silverado, and Williams canyons and both directions of Santiago Canyon Road are closed in the area.
No injuries have been reported and the cause of the initial structure fire is under investigation.