All evacuations caused by the Silverado Fire in Irvine have been lifted as of 2:45 pm Wednesday, Oct. 28, according to the Irvine Police Department.
Mandatory Evacuations Lifted for the Entire City of Irvine
— Irvine Police Department (@IrvinePolice) October 28, 2020
In a tweet Wednesday, The Irvine Police Department indicated that conditions remained stable, and residents are now able to repopulate the City of Irvine and released the following statement:
“Mandatory evacuations set for the Silverado Fire have been lifted at this time for the entire City of Irvine. All utilities should be functioning upon your return. If your utilities are not working, please contact your utility provider. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is reporting that the air quality is unhealthy; please limit outdoor activities at this time. CAL FIRE and Irvine Public Works continue to clean up leftover hazards, including fallen trees and branches from the high winds and fires on Monday and Tuesday.”
The Silverado Fire broke out in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 26. An investigation to the cause is currently underway, according to a report filed by Southern California Edison with the California Public Utilities Commission.
In the report, obtained by Irvine Weekly, SoCal Edison indicates that a “lashing wire” portion of a telecommunications wire may have contacted a conductor below SCE power lines. However, there has yet to be a determined caused at the time of this report.
Since Monday, more than 70,000 homes between the City of Irvine and the City of Lake Forest were placed under immediate mandatory evacuations.
As of Wednesday, Oct. 28 the Silverado Fire totaled more than 13,000 acres, as crews worked a 25 percent containment area around the blaze.
Over the course of three days, the Orange County Fire Authority used ground crews and multiple aircraft to control the fire.
While air support was grounded due to high winds on Monday, OCFA and Cal Fire had more than a dozen aircraft working to maximize containment.
During a press conference on Tuesday Oct. 27, Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennesy was thankful for the use of air support for this type of fire event.
“We didn’t have that yesterday, we’re blessed to have that today,” he said.
On Wednesday, Oct. 28 CalFire reported to have 30 fire crews, with 1,211 total fire personnel assigned to the Silverado fire.