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OC Fire Fighters Use Irvine Regional Park and OC Zoo as Staging Areas to Battle Silverado Fire

OC Parks is reminding residents that Irvine Regional Park and the Orange County Zoo remain closed through midweek to serve as a base for firefighters battling the Silverado Fire. According to OC Parks, “[t]he fire camp is hosting about 1,000 firefighters from throughout the state and various jurisdictions. It’s like a small city with all needed supporting resources. The last full-scale camp was during the 2007 Santiago Fire.”

OC Parks personnel used Hyperlapse to create a video tour of Irvine Regional Park this morning to give viewers a high-speed look inside the operations base.

In the meantime, the Orange County Fire Authority reports that the Silverado Fire is 80% contained. There are currently “1059 fire personnel … still committed to the fire. Also, 5 helicopters, 4 dozers & 29 FF Handcrews are still committed. FFs are doing a great job to gain 100% containment in steep rugged terrain and in very hot temperatures.”

A big thank you to all the fire personnel battling the Silverado Fire under very difficult circumstances. Stay safe.

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