Wind-driven Silverado Fire burns 50 acres near Irvine; surrounding O.C. communities asked to stay vigilant – KTLA Los Angeles
A brush fire that exploded in eastern Orange County Monday morning as winds pummeled Southern California prompted an evacuation order for thousands of Irvine residents and the partial closure of the 241 Freeway.
The blazed, dubbed the Silverado Fire, erupted around 6:45 a.m. at Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads. The flames spread to the south and southwest as forecasters recorded gusts of up to 45 mph at the location.
Initially reported at 10 acres, the fire had grown to 2,000 acres by…