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Blue Ridge Fire: Blaze Burns 15,000 Acres; Evacuation Orders Issued In Chino Hills

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Firefighters look out over a burning hillside as they fight the Blue Ridge Fire in Yorba Linda on Oct. 26, 2020. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Blue Ridge Fire burned into its second day Tuesday in Orange County, prompting some mandatory evacuations.

Fire officials said weather conditions are expected to improve today, with wind gusts of 20 mph predicted.

"Aircraft is anticipated to be used, provided the weather cooperates," Orange County Fire Authority officials said.

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THE BASICS

  • Acreage: 15,200
  • Containment: 0%
  • Structures threatened: 2,500 homes in Yorba Lina; 5,958 homes in Chino Hills
  • Structures damaged/destroyed: 10 homes damaged, per fire officials
  • Resources deployed: 1,000 firefighters
  • Residents under evacuation orders: 10,000

EVACUATIONS

Check the Orange County Emergency Public Information Map to see if you may be in an evacuation zone.

A mandatory evacuation is in place for Yorba Linda residents living east of San Antonio Road and north of Yorba Linda Boulevard.

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An evacuation warning is in effect for residents in the areas of Bee Canyon, Box Canyon and Lost Trough Canyon.

The city of Chino Hills announced mandatory evacuations for some residents in the area of Soquel Canyon Parkway that had previously been under a warning.

An evacuation center for people and small animals has been established at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. Large animals can be taken to the McCoy Equestrian & Recreation Center, 14280 Peyton Drive.

HOW DOES THIS IMPACT VOTING?

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Four ballot drop boxes in Orange County have been closed, as they happen to be inside the evacuation zones for both the Silverado and Blue Ridge Fires.

Officals say voters should utilize alternate options for returning their ballots.

All ballots in the affected drop boxes have been retrieved and secured by Registrar of Voters’ Ballot Collection Teams under escort by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

You can find updated ballot dropbox info here.

HOW WE’RE REPORTING ON THIS

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