Photos: Bond fire in Orange County prompts evacuations

Firefighters use hand tools to cut a line in brush as a helicopter dumps water nearby
Firefighters cut a fire break as a helicopter drops water on the Bond fire in Orange County on Thursday.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

A wind-whipped wildfire was threatening homes in Orange County’s mountain communities, prompting evacuations as fire spread rapidly.

A mandatory evacuation order was in effect for residents of Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon and Williams Canyon as the Bond fire exploded to 7,200 acres by Thursday afternoon. Officials said multiple structures may have been damaged.

A hillside covered in flames and glowing orange embers at night
The Bond fire began when a structure fire spread into nearby vegetation, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Firefighters carrying hand tools as smoke rises in a wooded area
Firefighters extinguish hot spots from the Bond fire along Santiago Canyon Road in the Silverado area Thursday.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters on top of a fire engine, one of them using a hose to spray water on a hillside, with clouds of smoke behind them
Firefighters put out a flare-up along a hillside in Silverado Canyon on Thursday.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Flames burn on a charred, downed tree as firefighters in the background spray water and use hand tools
Costa Mesa firefighters battle the wind-driven Bond fire burning near a hillside residence on Santiago Canyon Road on Thursday.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Water falls from a helicopter over flames and smoke
A helicopter makes a water drop on the Bond fire.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters silhouetted by orange flames at night with embers floating
Firefighters turn to shield themselves from the embers as they battle the Bond fire.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
A helicopter drops water amid smoke
A helicopter drops water on the Bond fire, which burned more than 7,200 acres in unincorporated Orange County.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A fire truck's lights shine as it drives on a road at night with orange flames and embers on a hillside
A fire vehicle makes its way through flames to fight the Bond fire.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters at night in front of lights from a fire engine
Firefighters battle the Bond fire along Silverado Canyon Road.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
A tree is silhouetted by red and white lights at night
A tree is silhouetted by an emergency vehicle’s light at the Bond fire.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)