A wildfire threatened homes Monday in Yorba Linda after breaking out on the west end of Corona and quickly growing to 3,000 acres — causing heavy damage to at least one residence — and forcing the evacuation of nearly 5,000 homes.
According to authorities, the Blue Ridge Fire broke out just before 1 p.m. next to the Green River Golf Club, just off Green River Road and the 91 Freeway. By 5 p.m., it had grown to more than 1,100 acres and caused the mandatory evacuation of 1,170 homes. An additional 481 homes were under voluntary evacuation orders.
Evacuation orders have been issued for areas north of the 91 Freeway, east of Gypsum Canyon, including Bryant Ranch Elementary School. Students from the school were bused to Esperanza High School, 1830 Kellogg Drive in Anaheim, to be reunited with their parents.
The Hidden Hills area of Yorba Linda has also been placed under mandatory evacuations.
A temporary evacuation point has been established at the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House, 4701 Casa Loma Ave., in Yorba Linda.
An evacuation order was issued Monday evening for residents in the Carbon Canyon area, including the Sleepy Hollow area and Vellano Country Club Estates.
A temporary evacuation center had been set up at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive. Large animals can be taken to the McCoy’s Equestrian Center, 14280 Peyton Drive.
Additional mandatory evacuation orders were issued for the areas of Hollydale and Olinda Village, in Carbon Canyon, Monday night, according to the Brea Police Department.
By 10 p.m., nearly 5,000 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
With nearby #BlueRidgeFire we are taking steps to make sure Yorba Linda's most famous building, the Birthplace of President Nixon, is protected. We will continue to monitor throughout the evening. The Nixon Library will open to guests tomorrow at 10am. pic.twitter.com/rGfcOhjV0H
— Richard Nixon Foundation (@nixonfoundation) October 26, 2020
“I feel like the wind’s kind of dying down a little, and I think we’ll be OK through the night, and just see what comes in the morning and go back to attack mode,” Brian Williams, a Yorba Linda resident, said.
Earlier in the day, workers at the Nixon Library worked to protect the home where Richard Nixon was born by hosing down its roof.
Officials said Orange County Fire Authority water-dropping helicopters were called to attack the fire from above, but strong winds prevented them from immediately getting over the blaze.
Fire crews were also battling the Silverado Fire near Irvine, which has already burned 7,200 acres.