Santiago Canyon evacuation orders to remain

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Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the canyon areas off Santiago Canyon Road between Silverado Canyon Road and Live Oak Canyon Road, including the Santiago Estates and Jackson Ranch Road. Areas along Live Oak Canyon Road through the Trabuco Canyon area, including O’Neill Regional Park to Trabuco Creek Road, are also included in this mandatory evacuation.

The Santiago Incident Unified Command has established an assessment team to determine when residents of the Santiago Fire area may return to their homes.


This assessment begins today and will continue through at least the peak burning period and into the evening. The decision to allow residents to return to their homes will be contingent upon the anticipated fire threat and weather predictions for the affected areas.

Modjeska, Live Oak, Trabuco, and Silverado Canyons may be reopened at different times based upon conditions within each respective canyon. Only residents will be allowed to return to the evacuated areas; road blocks by local law enforcement will stay in place.

The returning residents will be asked to stay on their properties and not enter other affected areas including Cleveland National Forest land, which is still closed.

— Jeffrey L. Rabin