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YORBA LINDA (CNS) - Containment of the Blue Ridge Fire burning in Yorba Linda was 53% this morning.
"Firefighters continue to make progress adding an additional containment line," according to a statement from the California Department of Forest and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). "Crews will work through the evening mopping up and patrolling the fire area."
The fire has burned 14,365 acres, destroyed one structure and damaged 10 others since breaking out Monday.
All evacuation orders and warnings were lifted Thursday morning and several highways were reopened.
Full containment was expected on Nov. 10, according to Cal Fire.
Evacuations were ordered for 5,958 homes in Chino Hills and 2,500 in Yorba Linda. In Brea, 276 homes were ordered evacuated, 680 homes voluntarily evacuated, officials said.
Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy praised firefighters from Los Angeles County for their help. "More than 52 agencies have come to our aid," Fennessy said. The help from Los Angeles County and Los Angeles city fire departments "absolutely saved us for the Blue Ridge Fire in Yorba Linda," Fennessy said.
Roads in the area were able to reopen on Thursday, Cal Fire said.
The brush fire, initially called the Green Fire, was reported at 12:55 p.m. Monday next to the Green River Golf Club, off Green River Road and the Riverside Freeway in Corona, according to the Corona Fire Department.
The head of the fire entered Orange County about 1:20 p.m. Monday, and the flames raced toward Yorba Linda, posing a threat to hundreds of residences.
A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was secured Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, which will assist local and state agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75% reimbursement of their eligible firefighting costs.
Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel signed an emergency declaration Tuesday and asked Newsom to sign one as well for the county to free up more funding.
Because of the wildfires, the Santa Ana Zoo was sheltering about 150 animals from the Orange County Zoo, located in Irvine Regional Park.
Animals were also being sheltered at the OC Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa and at the Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress.