The Silverado Fire continues to expand and as of Wednesday morning, it had burned 13,354 acres.
However, as the fire entered a third morning, crews were able to establish a larger containment area around the blaze.
In a tweet, Cal Fire announced the Silverado Fire is now at 25 percent containment, meaning that fire crews have worked to establish a map around the fire.
#SilveradoFire off of Santiago Canyon Road and Silverado Canyon Road, Southwest of Silverado in Orange County is 13,354 acres and 25% contained. In Unified Command@OCFA_PIO https://t.co/5jUeDg81gJ pic.twitter.com/UpccmYRcEx
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) October 28, 2020
In an interview with Irvine Weekly, Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi explained how hand crews work in tandem with air support to create a parameter — or containment area — around that fire. This area is what is known as the containment area.
“The hand crew firefighters cut a line around the fire parameter, down to mineral soil, so that way it doesn’t grow, and the fire will stop at that point. That’s assisted by firefighters with engine companies with hose lines that will put water on the fire and vegetation and then our helicopters are dropping water on any hot spots, so that you can extinguish the fire,” Concialdi explained
In a Tweet Wednesday, the Irvine Police Department announced that there were no immediate changes to evacuations in place.
There has been no change since last night to evacuation orders in the City of Irvine. We will be working with OCFA today to determine if additional areas may be reopened. Please continue to follow us and @City_of_Irvine for updates. #SilveradoFire
— Irvine Police Department (@IrvinePolice) October 28, 2020
On Tuesday afternoon, the city of Irvine lifted some areas under mandatory evacuations. Those areas included south of Partola Parkway and west of 133 Toll Road, East of the 133 Toll Road to Portola High School, and everything north of Great Park Boulevard to Irvine Boulevard.
However, Irvine Boulevard remained closed between Axis and Alton.