Blue Ridge Fire
EVACUATION ORDERS AND ROAD CLOSURES
RELEVANT PRESS RELEASES AND INFORMATION
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TEMPORARY EVACUATION POINT - NO LONGER OPEN
October 28 - 11:00 p.m. Update: The Temporary Evacuation Point at the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House has now suspended operations, and is no longer open.
A temporary evacuation point for displaced Yorba Linda residents was established at the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House located at 4701 Casa Loma Ave, Yorba Linda, CA 92886. Small animals may be brought to OC Animal Care Services at 1630 Victoria Road in the City of Tustin. If you have larger animals such as horses, please contact the staff at the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House by calling 714-961-7192.
This page will be updated as important information is provided. Please check our social media accounts frequently for regular updates.
November 7, 2020
8:00 a.m.: The Blue Ridge Fire is now 100% contained thanks to containment lines and weekend rain. All resources are now off the fire line. OCFA will continue to monitor the area for any hot spots, flooding, or mud debris flow. The City will no longer provide daily updates now that the fire is fully contained, but will continue to provide important information as it develops.
November 6, 2020
7:00 a.m.: The Blue Ridge fire is now 99% contained with no increase in acreage.
NOVEMBER 5, 2020
6:00 p.m.: With the Blue Ridge Fire now 98% contained, the Public Works Department is responding quickly to remove debris on City and LMAD property, inlets, and catch-basins. Staff is also proactively conducting assessments of the affected areas, identifying additional mitigation as needed, and integrating erosion control in key areas to prevent sediment displacement. OCFA’s Community Risk Reduction team will be walking neighborhoods affected by the Blue Ridge Fire this weekend to educate homeowners about what they can do to reduce ember intrusion into their existing patio decks and older home constructions. Additionally, with rain in the weekend forecast, the City of Yorba Linda, along with Orange County Fire Authority, reminds residents that sandbags and sand are available for pick-up at Fire Station 53 (25415 East La Palma Avenue). Residents are encouraged to bring their own shovel, and crews may or may not be present to assist in filling sandbags. Supplies may be limited based on demand and availability. For more information, please contact OCFA at 714-573-6200.
7:00 a.m.: Blue Ridge Fire is now 98% contained. Firefighting crews are working towards having full containment next week.
NOVEMBER 4, 2020
7:00 a.m.: Containment is now 97%. Acreage stands at 13,694.
NOVEMBER 3, 2020
7:00 a.m.: The Blue Ridge Fire is 93% contained, and firefighters continue to reinforce containment lines, mop-up, patrol, and complete fire suppression repair with a goal of 100% containment next week. Cal Fire is transitioning management back to the Orange County Fire Authority at 10:00 a.m. this morning.
NOVEMBER 2, 2020
7:00 p.m.: Cal Fire, the lead agency managing the response to the Blue Ridge Fire, reports the fire is still at 13,694 acres with 93% containment. Future updates on this fire will come from the Orange County Fire Authority.
7:00 a.m.: Cal Fire reports the Blue Ridge Fire is now 93% contained. Fire crews worked throughout the night patrolling and mopping up the fire perimeter. No smoke was visible throughout the night. Fire personnel will continue reinforcing containment lines today.
NOVEMBER 1, 2020:
7:00 p.m.: Cal Fire reports the Blue Ridge Fire is now 88% contained. Crews worked through the day patrolling and mopping up the fire perimeter and will continue reinforcing lines tonight.
7:00 a.m.: Cal Fire reports 13,694 acres burned with 80% containment. Crews worked through the night patrolling and mopping up the fire perimeter. Firefighters will continue reinforcing lines today and completing fire suppression repair.
OCTOBER 31, 2020
7:00 p.m.: Cal Fire reports the Blue Ridge fire is now 13,695 acres with 74% containment. Firefighters worked today constructing additional containment lines ahead of Sunday's northeasterly wind event, Crews will maintain active patrol this evening mopping up the fire perimeter. (Decrease in acreage is due to more accurate mapping).
7:00 a.m.: The Blue Ridge Fire is 14,365 acres with 68% containment. Firefighters continued to make great progress last night. Today, crews will work to bolster existing containment lines ahead of Sunday’s northeasterly winds.
OCTOBER 30, 2020
7:00 p.m.: The Blue Ridge fire has burned 14,365 with 53% containment. Firefighters continue to make progress adding additional containment line. Crews will work through the evening mopping up and patrolling the fire area. Damage inspection is still underway.
7:00 a.m.: The Blue Ridge fire has burned 14,334 with 47% containment. Firefighters worked through the evening patrolling and mopping up the fire perimeter. Light winds and overnight humidity allowed fire activity to subside overnight.
OCTOBER 29, 2020
7:30 p.m.: The Blue Ridge fire has burned 14,334 with 39% containment. Firefighters continued building additional containment line today. Decreased winds and increased humidity have stopped fire growth.
2:30 p.m.: Residents living in repopulated areas will notice the presence of OCFA vehicles and equipment for the next several days as they continue to ensure the protection of our residents and their property. Additionally, Cal Fire officials are present to assess the fire damage.
11:30 a.m.: Fire Education Specialists from the Orange County Fire Authority are at City Hall today from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to answer residents' questions and concerns about returning home, their safety, and things to look out for. The address for City Hall is 4845 Casa Loma Ave, Yorba Linda, CA 92886. Residents are encouraged to sign up for important safety alerts at AlertOC.org. To learn more about wildfire preparedness, visit ReadyForWildfire.org
8:00 a.m: The Blue Ridge Fire has burned 14,344 acres and is now 30% contained. All road closures and checkpoints in Yorba Linda have been lifted.
OCTOBER 28, 2020:
5:15 p.m.: CAL FIRE, the lead agency for the #BlueRidge Fire has lifted all voluntary and mandatory evacuation orders in the City of Yorba Linda. Please stay vigilant on current fire conditions and yield to emergency personnel at the road closures. There may be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters continue firefighting operations. Cal Fire and Orange County Fire Authority will have a strong presence in the repopulated areas for the next several days to ensure the protection of our residents and their property.
3:00 p.m.: Please continue to check this page for up to date information on road closures and evacuation orders. There are no new evacuation orders in place, and all current road closures are supporting existing evacuation zones. Please do not be alarmed by recent road closures.
1:20 p.m.: Air operations continue to make a positive impact on the Blue Ridge Fire, and Fire Officials have deployed fire-engines into neighborhoods to allow firefighters to set up fire containment lines in backyards to fight any active hot spots. Firefighters are making great progress in Yorba Linda, while Law Enforcement is frequently patrolling evacuated areas and monitoring road closures.
10:15 a.m.: All mandatory evacuation orders are still in place. Repopulation is not occurring at this time. Fire behavior can rapidly change conditions. If your area has been evacuated, you may not return home for your own safety. If you are not under mandatory evacuation orders, please use your own best judgment and leave your home if you are concerned about the conditions you are experiencing. When in doubt, self-evacuate, don’t wait for someone to tell you to go! Fire, Police, and City officials are all working together in response to this fire.
8:00 a.m.: Fire crews continue to battle the blaze. CalFire reports that the Blue Ridge Fire has burned 14,334 acres with 16% containment.
OCTOBER 27, 2020:
6:00 p.m.: The Blue Ridge Fire is still at 5% containment, and there are no other evacuation orders for Yorba Linda at this time, but current evacuation orders will remain in place overnight. The impressive effort to fight this blaze includes over 1,800 firefighters and 14 helicopters, dropping thousands of gallons of water and fire-retardant to protect Yorba Linda and surrounding communities. The City of Yorba Linda commends our brave firefighters and law enforcement for their heroic efforts during this wildfire. For updated information, please follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
3:00 p.m.: The Blue Ridge Fire is currently burning at approximately 15,200 acres and is now at 5% containment.
12:00 p.m.: The Blue Ridge Fire has now burned 15,200 acres and is at 0% containment. The fire is currently moving north-west toward the Carbon Canyon communities. Orange County Sheriff's Department has issued a voluntary evacuation for Rim Crest Dr. from Fairmont Blvd through Blue Gum Dr.
11:15 a.m.: OCFA reports the Blue Ridge Fire is now at 10,480 acres. Approximately 2,500 households have been affected by evacuation orders.
10:30 a.m.: The evacuation map now reflects all mandatory evacuations in place.
6:30 a.m.: The Blue Ridge Fire in Yorba Linda has now burned more than 7,500 acres with 0% containment. The fire has traveled northwest and northeast, with evacuations ordered in parts of Brea and Chino Hills. See OCSD's current evacuation map.
OCTOBER 26, 2020:
10:00 p.m.: The Blue Ridge Fire has burned more than 3,000 acres with 0% containment. OCSD has issued evacuations and evacuation warning orders in Yorba Linda. Overnight, two Orange County Fire Authority helicopters and the helitanker will be dropping water on the fires.
8:00 p.m.: No current update from OCFA or OCSD. We will continue updating regularly on this webpage.
7:30 p.m.: If you are evacuating large animals, please call the staff at the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House (714-961-7192).
5:30 p.m.: Displaced residents can use the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House as a temporary evacuation point. City staff are standing by to provide support.
4:30 p.m.: The fire has burned approximately 1,120 acres with 0% containment. Mandatory evacuation orders were given for residents in the community of Hidden Hills.
2:00 p.m.: Mandatory evacuation orders given for residents and businesses north of 91 FWY and east of Gypsum Canyon Road.
1:00 p.m.: Approximate time the fire was first reported.