NewsFlash alert: Silverado Canyon fire grows but poses no imminent threat to Irvine


photoSmoke from a brush fire in Silverado Canyon could be seen from local neighborhoods Friday, but authorities said there was no imminent threat to Irvine.

The Orange County Fire Authority was working hard to knock down the blaze, which reportedly broke out shortly before 11 a.m. and later expanded to hundreds of acres. The Orange County Register has the story here.

[Update, 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12] The OCFA says the Silverado Fire has grown to more than 1,200 acres. Though it still does not pose an imminent danger to Irvine, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has forecast that air quality in the region could eventually reach unhealthful levels. No time-frame was given, however.

IUSD will continue to monitor air quality levels. You can too by checking out this interactive map.