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Orange County EOC releases information, health warnings about Silverado Fire

Orange County Emergency Operations Center and Public Information hotlines activated

The County of Orange activated and staffed the Emergency Operations Center with County agency representatives on October 26, 2020. The Public Information Hotline has been staffed and is ready to accept calls of inquiry in regard to the fire in Silverado Canyon. The Public Information Hotline phone number is (714) 628-7085.

All resources and support personnel have been identified and are on standby ready to mobilize other areas of the Emergency Operations Center when needed.

As of 11:00 am, the Irvine Police Department has issued an Immediate Mandatory Evacuation Order for the Orchard Hills Community along with all communities north of Irvine Blvd. between Jamboree Road and Bake Parkway.

The 241 Foothill Transportation Corridor is closed between Portola Parkway and Jamboree Road. The 241 Eastern Transportation Corridor is closed between Chapman Avenue and the 91 Freeway. Santiago Canyon Road is closed between Live Oak Canyon Road and the 241 Foothill Transportation Corridor.

For updated information, follow the Orange County Fire Authority @OCFA_PIO on Twitter and #SilveradoFire.

Wildfire Smoke Poses Potential Health Risk

Smoke from the Santiago Fire may pose a health danger to some Orange County residents, especially those in certain high-risk groups.

“Everyone should take precautions to stay cool and drink plenty of water to reduce health risks related to the heat and wildfire smoke,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, County Health Officer. “Additional precautions are especially needed for older adults, those with preexisting medical conditions like heart or lung disease, those with disabilities, children, and those who may be working outdoors.”

Precautions to Reduce Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke:

  • Avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor activity.
  • People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors .
  • Keep the windows and doors in your home closed.
  • Use your air conditioner on the re-circulate mode, if available, to limit the intake of outdoor air and keep your home comfortable.
  • Keep your airways (nose and mouth) moist by drinking extra amounts of water. This helps your body filter out potentially harmful particles in the smoke.
  • Seek medical attention if you have symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath, or severe fatigue.

To view current air quality conditions by region in an interactive map – http://www3.aqmd.gov/webappl/gisaqi2/home.aspx

Residents are encouraged to stay informed of the most current information by monitoring:

  • @OCFA_PIO on Twitter
  • #SilveradoFire on Twitter
  • local media

This article was released by the Orange County Emergency Operations Center.