Photos: Orange County under siege by Silverado and Blue Ridge fires

Firefighting hand crew working on the Blue Ridge fire Tuesday march up a hill above Chino Hills.
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The Silverado and Blue Ridge fires have consumed more than 27,000 acres, but destruction to property has been relatively light. Officials said 10 homes were damaged in the Yorba Linda area. And by Tuesday afternoon, some of the massive evacuations in Irvine had been lifted.

An air tanker fighting the Blue Ridge fire makes a fire retardant drop Tuesday behind homes in Chino Hills.
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Brandon Baker watches the Blue Ridge fire burn Tuesday in a canyon along Casino Ridge Road in Yorba Linda.
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Herman Termeer watches the Blue Ridge fire burn in Chino Hills State Park on Tuesday from the roof of his home.
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Firefighters working on the Blue Ridge fire conduct a backfire operation Tuesday at Chino Hills State Park in Chino Hills.
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People watch the Blue Ridge fire burn on Foxtail Drive in Yorba Linda.
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A homeowner watches flames burn a hillside near Foxtail Drive and Lotus Avenue in Yorba Linda.
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The hillside burns near Foxtail Drive and Lotus Avenue in Yorba Linda.
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A firefighter hoses down a home fire in Yorba Linda that was sparked Monday by the Blue Ridge fire.
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A water truck operator runs through the thick smoke of the advancing Silverado fire fueled by Santa Ana winds.
A water truck operator runs through the thick smoke of the advancing Silverado fire at the 241 Freeway and Portola Parkway in Irvine.
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A firefighter sustained second- and third-degree burns fighting the Silverado fire.
A firefighter sustained second- and third-degree burns near Santiago Canyon Road and Limestone Spur fighting the Silverado fire.
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A bicyclist takes a look at the activity on Via Lomas de Yorba during the Blue Ridge fire in Yorba Linda.
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Firetrucks convoy through thick smoke on the 241 Freeway to battle the advancing Silverado fire fueled by Santa Ana winds.
Firetrucks convoy through thick smoke on the 241 Freeway to battle the Silverado fire, fueled by Santa Ana winds, in Irvine.
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An air tanker drops fire retardant on a ridge near the Green River Golf Club in Corona.
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Firefighter Raymond Vasquez fights the Silverado fire fueled by Santa Ana winds at the 241 Freeway.
Firefighter Raymond Vasquez fights the Silverado fire fueled by Santa Ana winds at the 241 Freeway and Portola Parkway in Irvine.
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Firefighters do structure protection for homes in Irvine as the Silverado fire continues to burn.
Firefighters stand ready to protect structures in Irvine’s Orchard Hills neighborhood from the Silverado fire on Monday.
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A water truck operator is overcome after running through thick smoke from the advancing Silverado fire in Irvine.
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Firefighter Raymond Vasquez braves tall flames as he fights the advancing Silverado fire fueled by Santa Ana winds.
Firefighter Raymond Vasquez braves tall flames as he fights the advancing Silverado fire at the 241 Freeway and Portola Parkway in Irvine.
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The Silverado fire burns close to a home Monday in Irvine's Orchard Hills neighborhood.
The Silverado fire burns close to a home Monday in Irvine’s Orchard Hills neighborhood.
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As the Silverado fire approaches the Orchard Hills neighborhood of Irvine on Monday, firefighters are ready to defend homes.
As the Silverado fire approaches the Orchard Hills neighborhood of Irvine on Monday, firefighters with the Orange County Fire Authority stand ready to defend homes.
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Firefighter Vince Valdivia is surrounded by heavy smoke as he battles the advancing Silverado fire in Irvine.
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A wind gust drives smoke and debris toward firefighters protecting Irvine's Orchard Hills area from the Silverado fire.
A wind gust drives smoke and debris toward firefighters protecting Irvine’s Orchard Hills neighborhood from the Silverado fire on Monday.
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