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Canyons return to Evacuation Warning (Voluntary) for Bond Fire burn area

Effective Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 10 a.m. the Evacuation Order (Mandatory) will be downgraded to an Evacuation Warning (Voluntary) for Silverado Canyon, Williams Canyon and Modjeska in the Bond Fire burn area due to possible debris flows along or near the burn scar. Soft road closures will be in place at canyon entrances beginning at 10 a.m., open to local traffic only.

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 Warning (Voluntary) is expected to be in place through the Flash Flood Watch.

Canyon residents are strongly encouraged to continue to preparations and evacuate, especially those with disabilities, access and/or functional needs, and/or with large animals.

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.

Any person needing assistance with information about animal or large animal evacuations should call Orange County Animal Care at 714-935-6848 during normal hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 714-259-1122 during after-hours from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

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 will be closed until January 3.

A map with detailed depictions of the areas under voluntary evacuation warning can be found at www.ocsheriff.gov/bondfire.

Evacuation Areas

  • Silverado Canyon – Evacuation Warning (VOLUNTARY – as of 10 a.m. December 30, 2021)
  • Williams Canyon – Evacuation Warning (VOLUNTARY – as of 10 a.m. December 30, 2021)
  • Modjeska Canyon – Evacuation Warning (VOLUNTARY – as of December 30, 2021 at 10 a.m.)

Soft Road Closures

Soft road closures will be in place at canyon entrances beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021, open to local traffic only.


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.

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.

This article was released by the County of Orange.