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Evacuation Order (Mandatory) issued for Bond Fire burn area

Effective at 8 p.m. an Evacuation Order (Mandatory) will be issued for Silverado Canyon, Williams Canyon and Modjeska in the Bond Fire burn area due to possible debris flows along or near the burn scar.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the burn scar area in effect from 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 29 until 4 p.m. Thursday, December 30 for the expected rain event. The Evacuation Order (Mandatory) is expected to be in place through the Flash Flood Watch.

An Evacuation Warning (Voluntary) was put into effect at 10 a.m. in anticipation of the rain event. Canyon residents are strongly encouraged to evacuate prior to 8 p.m. Hard road closures will be in effect at 8 p.m. and access in and out of the canyon will be restricted to public safety and public works vehicles.

Any person with disabilities and those with access and/or functional needs requiring evacuation assistance should call Orange County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at 714-647-7000.

To report storm-related issues with a County road or flood control channel, call the Orange County Public Works Storm Center 714-955-0200 during standard business hours and 714-955-0333 during flash flood events and emergencies when OC Public Works’ Department Operations Center is activated.

Due to road closures in the area, the Library of the Canyons is closed on Thursday, December 30 and will remain closed until Monday, January 3.

A map with detailed depictions of the areas under mandatory evacuation may be found at  www.ocsheriff.gov/bondfire.

Evacuation Areas

  • Silverado Canyon – Evacuation Order (Mandatory – as of December 29, 2021 at 8 p.m.)
  • Williams Canyon – Evacuation Order (Mandatory – as of December 29, 2021 at 8 p.m.)
  • Modjeska Canyon – Evacuation Order (Mandatory – as of December 29, 2021 at 8 p.m.)

Hard Road Closures

  • Hard road closures will be in place at canyon entrances beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

Sheltering

Residents are encouraged to leave early and plan for alternate shelter with friends, family or at a local hotel outside of the mandatory evacuation area.

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) has opened a Care and Reception Center through Thursday, December 30 at 4 p.m. at the Lake Forest Sports Park – 28000 Rancho Parkway, Lake Forest, CA  92630. Directions may be found here: https://www.lakeforestca.gov/722/Address-Directions.

Staff are onsite and will be available throughout the night to offer evacuated residents a warm, dry place to wait out the storm. Red Cross is on standby to support SSA in offering congregate, dormitory overnight shelter at the Sports Park as needed. Residents may also contact our hotline at 714-628-7085 to request assistance.

Evacuating residents who have COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms are asked to call 714-628-7085 for further screening before arrival at the shelter.

Household pets will not be accepted by the shelter, but OC Animal Care is open to house dogs, cats and small pets and has accommodations for large animals at the OC Fair and Events Center. For information about other large animal housing arrangements, please call OC Animal Care at 714-935-6848 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 714-259-1122 during after-hours from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Pets and Large Animals

OC Animal Care is open to house dogs, cats and small pets for Orange County residents under mandatory evacuation orders.  The shelter is at 1630 Victory Road Tustin, CA 92782. If possible, please bring photo identification, veterinary/vaccination records, special food, and medications along with your animals.  

For those under mandatory evacuation order with large animals, OC Fair and Events Center located at 88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626 will open at 8 p.m. with uncovered temporary stalls. Please call 714-708-1588 to ensure your animals can be accommodated. For large animal sheltering at the OC Fair and Events Center, enter at Gate 5 off Arlington Drive.   The daily care as well as feed, medications, and other necessary supplies will be the responsibility of the animal owner.

While evacuating, please ensure that vehicles such as large trailers do not block roadways as this may impact the ability of first responders to travel to impacted areas.

For information about other large animal housing arrangements, please call OC Animal Care at 714-935-6848 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 714-259-1122 during after-hours from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Orange County Public Works, Orange County Animal Care, the Orange County Fire Authority and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department are working in Unified Command.

Residents are encouraged to check regularly for updates through local media, on the County of Orange’s website – OCGov.com/News –  and on social media following #OCCanyonFlood at:

Twitter: @OCGovCA               Facebook:@OCGov                 Instagram: @OCGov

Twitter: @OCSheriff               Facebook: @OCSheriff           Instagram: @OCSheriff

Twitter: @OCPublicWorks      Facebook: @OCPublicWorks  Instagram: @OCPublicWorks

Twitter: @OCAnimalCare       Facebook: @OCAnimalCare   Instagram: @OCAnimalCare

Twitter: @OCFireAuthority     Facebook: @OCFireAuthority Instagram: @OCFireAuthority

This article was released by the County of Orange.