Blue Ridge Fire Spreads Quickly in the Yorba Linda Area

A red flag fire weather warning is in effect through Tuesday in Southern California.

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A rapidly spreading fire broke out in the Yorba Linda area near homes Monday afternoon on a day of strong winds and high fire danger. 

At around 11 p.m., the Blue Ridge Fire was estimated to have burned 6,600  acres and was 0% contained. 

Initially called the Green Fire and later renamed the Blue Ridge Fire, the blaze was reported at 12:55 p.m. adjacent to the Green River Golf Club, just off of Green River Road and the Riverside 91 Freeway, according to the Corona Fire Department.

An evacuation order was issued for Yorba Linda area north of 91 Freeway and east of Gypsum Canyon, which includes Bryant Ranch Elementary School, Orange County officials said.

A mandatory evacuation order is now in place for the areas of Hollydale and Olinda Village, in Carbon Canyon. Residents are asked to leave the area, westbound, on Carbon Canyon, according to a tweet by the Brea Police Department.

There are about 4,688 homes and 15,331 people under mandatory evacuation orders in Chino Hills and an additional 2,850 people are under evacuation warning, according to the Chino Valley Fire Police Department.

A temporary evacuation point for displaced Yorba Linda residents has been established at the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House located at 4701 Casa Loma Ave, Yorba Linda, CA 92886.

Two shelters -- located at Esperanza High School located at 1830 Kellogg Dr. in Anaheim and Valencia High School located at 500 Bradford Ave. in Placentia -- were established for displaced residents. Animals are not permitted at those shelters, but small animals can be taken to OC Animal Care Services at 1630 Victoria Rd. in Tustin.

One home was damaged in the blaze, but the location and extent of damage was not immediately available.

About 550 firefighters were battling the blaze. Multiple engine crews from the city and Riverside County Fire Department encountered flames moving rapidly west up a hillside, powered by 30 mph Santa Ana winds.

Red flag conditions indicating high fire danger are expected through Tuesday in Southern California.

Residents may receive emergency alerts on their cell phones and e-mail addresses by registering online at www.alertoc.com. The phone numbers registered will be called only if the registered address is affected by an emergency situation. More evacuation information is available at readyoc.org.

Early Monday, a fire broke out in eastern Orange County. The Silverado Fire was estimated at 4,000 acres Monday afternoon. About 70,000 people were under evacuation orders.

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