Thousands of residents in Orange County (California) have been allowed to return home as of Friday, October 30, as calmer winds and more favorable conditions have allowed firefighters to establish more effective control lines in the Blue Ridge and Silverado wildfires. Specifically, some 100,000 residents of Irvine have been allowed to return to their homes as the Silverado Fire has been 40 percent contained after burning some 13,390 acres (5,419 hectares). The Blue Ridge fire as of late Thursday is approximately 30 percent contained after burning through 14,334 acres (5,800 hectares) and damaging multiple properties in Yorba Linda. No injuries to residents have been reported amid the fires, although two firefighters have been critically injured in fighting the Silverado Fire.
Further spread of the fire and additional evacuations are possible in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.
Those in the vicinity of the fires are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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