Updated Dec 3, 2020 7:17 PM EST
Sheer panic engulfed Silverado Canyon as thousands of residents raced to escape. Some who fled took their ranch animals with them.
Powerful winds pushed the flames from the Bond Fire in all directions, scorching an area larger than 3,000 football fields overnight. Flames reached 50-60 feet high, driven by dry vegetation and high wind gusts up to 70 mph.
The blaze was sparked by a house fire late Wednesday, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The fire quickly spread into the brush and then exploded into a wildfire, CBS Los Angeles reported. The house fire is under investigation.
About 500 firefighters are battling the flames in what has been afor the state of California. More than 4 million acres have burned so far. Two firefighters were hospitalized with injuries Thursday afternoon, CBS LA