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When I stepped outside this morning, a strong smell of “something’s burning” smacked me in the face.

However, when I checked the CalFire active incidents map, nothing seemed close enough to generate the intense smell.

So I checked the Orange County Fire Authority active incidents page.

After a string of medical emergencies involving a single unit, I found “vegetation fire” in Silverado Canyon involving 98 units that was reported eight hours ago.

Santa Ana conditions remain — lots of wind out there. Everybody stay safe, and don’t play with matches!

Update from the OCFA PIO Twitter:

An map of mandatory evacuation orders and voluntary evacuation warnings is available from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website.

Update from the Orange County Emergency Operation Center

The American Red Cross has opened a Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) to provide assistance for individuals evacuated due to the #Bond Fire currently burning in Orange County.

The Temporary Evacuation Point is staffed by the Red Cross at El Toro High School 25255 Toledo Way, Lake Forest, CA 92630. Residents are asked to stay in their vehicles and wait for assistance. Information and restrooms will be available along with assistance in locating a hotel or alternate shelter.

Evacuees please be advised no congregate sheltering will be offered due to COVID. We strongly encourage you to seek safety with family or friends or in a local hotel.

If you need assistance in evacuation due to a medical, mobility or other reason, please contact Orange County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at 714-647-7000. If you are under voluntary evacuation and have a medical or mobility issue, please consider leaving early to allow yourself adequate time.

Please remember any medications, documents, warm clothing, cellphone, charger and comfort items for yourself, your children or your pets.