Thousands flee homes as Bond Fire spreads through Southern California

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Updated Dec 3, 2020 7:17 PM EST

Sheer panic engulfed Silverado Canyon as thousands of residents raced to escape an out-of-control wildfire. 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 a historic wildfire season for the state of California. More than 4 million acres have burned so far. Two firefighters were hospitalized with injuries Thursday afternoon, CBS LA

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Brush fire in Rancho San Diego burns 1 home, damages 6 others

A brush fire erupted Wednesday night in a San Diego suburb destroying one home and threatening about 200 others as dry Santa Ana winds fanned the flames, authorities said.

The fire broke out around 10 p.m. in a belt of undeveloped land in Rancho San Diego, southeast of El Cajon, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Mark Moreno.

One structure was destroyed and six others were damaged, said Capt. Thomas Shoots, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, fire officials reported the fire had charred 30 acres and was 50% contained, Shoots said.

Sheriff’s deputies began evacuating the area immediately as the fire spread Wednesday night, going door-to-door to about 200 homes to tell residents to leave, authorities said.

Around 3:45 a.m., county officials lifted the evacuation orders, but road closures remained in effect for some communities.

Shoots said firefighters

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Bond fire threatens homes in Silverado area of Orange County

A wind-whipped and rapidly spreading wildfire was threatening homes in Orange County, prompting evacuations early Thursday.

A mandatory evacuation order was in effect for residents of Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon and Williams Canyon as the Bond fire exploded to approximately 3,650 acres, the Orange County Fire Authority said. Structures were threatened in Silverado and Williams canyons.

By 6:35 a.m. Thursday, authorities had expanded the mandatory evacuation area to include Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills west of El Toro Road and north of the 241 toll road. The rest of Portola Hills is under a voluntary evacuation warning.

The Bond fire erupted overnight in Orange County.

The Bond fire erupted overnight in Orange County.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Voluntary warnings were also in effect in Borrego Canyon, Baker Ranch, Live Oak Canyon, Trabuco Canyon and Rose Canyon, on Valley Vista Way and Meadow Ridge Drive, and in Lake Forest from the 241 along Bake Parkway to the

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Brush fire threatens homes in Orange County, prompts evacuations

A wind-whipped wildfire was threatening homes in Orange County’s mountain communities, prompting evacuations and warnings early Thursday that the fire could rapidly spread.



a view of a city at sunset: A fire has prompted evacuation warnings in Orange County's mountain communities. (Orange County Fire Authority)


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A fire has prompted evacuation warnings in Orange County’s mountain communities. (Orange County Fire Authority)

A mandatory evacuation order was in effect for residents of Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon and Williams Canyon as the Bond Fire “exploded to 1,500 acres,” the Orange County Fire Authority said. Structures were threatened in Silverado and Williams canyons.

Embers from the fire were already igniting new fires across Santiago Canyon Road. “Residents in the area should be prepared to evacuate,” the Orange County Fire Authority said in a tweet. More than 240 firefighters were battling the fire.

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Brush fire breaks out in Rancho San Diego, reportedly spreads to several homes

A vegetation fire erupted Wednesday night amid dry, windy conditions in East County, with flames quickly spreading to several homes, authorities said.

The blaze was reported a few minutes after 10 p.m. in a greenbelt between Willow Glen Drive and Wind River Road, southeast of Valhalla High School and close to Cottonwood Golf Club, according to San Diego sheriff’s Lt. Mark Moreno.

Sheriff’s deputies were working to evacuate homes on Wind River Road, Moreno said.

Several homes on Wind River Road were immediately threatened by flames, and the fire spread to at least five, according to emergency radio traffic. More than a dozen others were also thought to be in imminent danger.

Earlier Wednesday night, San Diego Gas & Electric shut down power to more than 34,000 customers because of the risk of wildfires due to strong, dry Santa Ana winds in the county. The area where the fire broke

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Fire burns 3 Massachusetts homes, may be caused by exploding deep-fried turkey

A Thanksgiving blaze that destroyed three homes in Massachusetts and injured a woman was possibly caused by deep-frying a turkey, officials said. 

New Bedford residents heard an explosion around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, WBZ-TV reported, as flames broke out at a home and quickly spread to homes on each side.

A witness told the news station that she saw the fire start on her neighbor’s back deck while he was trying to fry a turkey. 

“He says he was cooking the deep-fried turkey and the propane tank exploded. I heard the explosion, but I thought it was thunder,” she told the news outlet.

Video of the incident shows firefighters trying to extinguish the blaze as smoke fills the air. One woman was taken to a hospital. Her condition was unknown.

Around 27 others in the three homes were able to escape the fires. The displaced families were being assisted by the 

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Fire engulfs Northern Michigan lumberyard, damages neighboring homes

PRUDENVILLE, MI – A large structure fire broke out at a Northern Michigan lumberyard on Tuesday morning, Nov. 24.

Denton Township Fire Department and Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post responded around 8 a.m. to the fire at Penney’s Lumber on M-18 in Prudenville, Roscommon County, MSP said in a news release. The fire had already spread from the lumberyard to the neighboring trailer park.

The fire was discovered when the Penney’s owner was opening the business on Tuesday morning, police said. In addition to Penney’s, two trailer homes and a shed were damaged.

Fire damages Penney's Lumberyard

Michigan State Police troopers assist at the scene of a large structure fire at Penney’s Lumberyard on Tuesday morning, Nov. 24, on M-18 in Prudenville, Roscommon County.Michigan State Police

Crew are still working at the scene. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing; arson is not suspected, police said.

When two natural

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2 Homes, RV Damaged By Berkeley Fire Sunday Morning

BERKELEY, CA — Two homes were damaged and five people displaced by a fire early Sunday morning the Berkeley firefighters said appears to have started in a recreation vehicle parked in a driveway, Berkeley’s fire chief said.

Berkeley Fire Department firefighters were called about 4:35 a.m. Sunday to the 900 block of Delaware Street, about two blocks north of University Avenue, Berkeley Fire Department Chief Dave Brannigan said.

A fire in the RV spread to the houses on either side of where it was parked, Brannigan said. The fire was under control about a half-hour after firefighters arrived, Brannigan said. No firefighters or occupants of the houses or RV were injured, but the houses were damaged to the extent that five people were displaced, from the RV and both houses.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday night.

Berkeley firefighters early Sunday morning were still battling a six-alarm

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Clarksville to see 6 new HUD grant homes, fire truck | News

CLARKSVILLE — Six new homes through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants will complete a whole dozen in Clarksville.

At a Tuesday Clarksville City Council meeting, grant writer Kathy Boyles presented bids from local construction companies to build the homes, and Ron Doe Home Builders of Paris was selected as the lowest bidder at $94,400. Boyles also recently worked with the City of Deport to bring new homes to Lamar County.

In other business, Police Chief Mark Gable and Fire Chief Rocky Tolison gave the council updates from the past month, both reflecting on a massive fire that broke out in a historic building in the 100 block of East Broadway in late October.

The council praised Tolison and his department, as well as Gable, for their prompt response to the blaze, and Tolison thanked the 18 fire departments and volunteer fire departments that responded to help out

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Post-Grenfell safety checks lifted for homes without cladding | Grenfell Tower fire

Safety checks introduced after the Grenfell fire will no longer be required for homes in buildings without external cladding after thousands of owners were left “in limbo” by the requirement.

In the wake of the disaster, which claimed the lives of 72 people in 2017, surveyors acting for mortgage lenders began carrying out an external wall fire review – known as an EWS1 – on flats before they could be sold or remortgaged.

EWS1s were requested in some cases even if buildings did not have external cladding – one of the causes of the Grenfell fire – delaying the sales process and leaving many flat owners frustrated.

But the government announced on Saturday that the forms will no longer be necessary for buildings that do not have cladding, following an agreement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK Finance and the Building Societies Association (BSA).

The housing secretary,

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