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Blue Ridge Fire: Blaze Burns Over 14,300 Acres; Containment At 16%; Evacuation Orders Lifted

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Traffic is diverted off of the 71 Freeway during the Blue Ridge Fire on Oct. 27, 2020 in Chino Hills. (David McNew/Getty Images)
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This story was last updated at 6:15 p.m.


The Blue Ridge Fire continues to burn in both Orange and San Bernardino counties, threatening homes in Chino Hills and Yorba Linda.

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But all evacuations and warnings were lifted at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Here's what we know so far:

THE BASICS

  • Acreage: 14,334 (down from earlier estimate after "better mapping")
  • Containment: 16%
  • Structures threatened: 20,099
  • Structures damaged/destroyed: one structure destroyed, seven damaged, per CalFire
  • Resources deployed: 1,000 firefighters

Strong winds are helping spread the flames, according to CalFire, with gusts between 30 and 50 mph. Forecasts predict those winds will start to let up this evening; fire crews will likely take advantage of the lull to build containment lines.

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Firefighters react to approaching flames at the Blue Ridge Fire on Oct. 27, 2020 in Yorba Linda. (David McNew/Getty Images)

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Northbound 71 at 91
  • Southbound Euclid at 71
  • Santiago Canyon at Ridgeline
  • Northbound 241 at Alton

HOW DOES THIS IMPACT VOTING?

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.

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