CALIFORNIA—Thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes after a wild fire burned throughout the canyons of Orange Country and destroyed several residences in the area. Residents were allowed to return home after the fire was partially contained on Tuesday, October 10.
It was reported that 24 structures were destroyed and 7,500 acres were burned in Orange County, but progress in containing the wildfire has been made, according to fire officials.
Orange County Fire officials stated, “about 3,500 structures continue to be threatened, but added that they stopped the forward progression of the fire and expect full containment by Saturday.”
“The blaze was 25% contained as of Tuesday morning. Fire crews had managed to halt the blaze’s westward progression, and were focusing on stopping its eastern advance beginning on Tuesday afternoon,” said Captain Larry Kurtz, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority in a press release.
By 12 p.m. on Tuesday the dry, fire inducing Santa Ana winds shifted to moist, ocean breezes, which allowed fire crews to begin attacking the blaze directly in an attempt to contain the fire. Over 40 percent of the blaze was reported to be contained by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
The wildfire could be seen from Southern California and created a smoke filled view over Disneyland, which prompted a flood of pictures depicting the fire on social media. The exact cause of the wildfire has yet to be determined, but fire officials state that they will be conducting a full investigation to determine the source of the flame.