Lake Forest: Silverado Fire Threatens Homes, Buildings Overnight

10.27.2020 | 12:30 PM | LAKE FOREST – The Silverado Fire blackened 11,200 acres after continuing to grow overnight as firefighters achieved 5% containment of the blaze, Tuesday morning.

Over 750 firefighters along with 14 helicopters were working to battle the blaze that broke out near the intersection of Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads around 6:47 AM Monday.

As of 12:30 PM Tuesday the blaze was only 5% contained, but no structures had been lost to the fire and crews were continuing to make steady progress.

At one point flames spread to a Lithium-ion battery used to convert gas vehicles into electric in the 25000 block of Arctic Ocean Drive in Lake Forest.

That fire threatened a nearby commercial building but was quickly extinguished by firefighters who also requested a hazmat team due to type of materials that caught fire.

Some 70,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders at one point but officials have began relaxing those orders.

Two firefighters remained hospitalized after sustaining critical burns while battling fire battling the fire Monday afternoon.

Although the cause of the fire is still being investigated, Southern California Edison said that a wire may have contacted an overhead conductor sparking the fire.

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