This page is an archive of information about the Santiago Incident Fire near Irvine, Tustin, Lake Forest, El Toro and Rancho Santa Margarita in October 2007. At the time, there were a number of fires burning across Southern California and getting specific information about this fire proved difficult. Many people filled the information vacuum by posting individual accounts and details which surpassed anything found in the newspapers, tv or radio.
A special thanks to all the firefighters whose tireless work saved countless homes and communities. For those whose homes could not be saved, I offer my deepest sympathy.
Orange County Public Information Hotline – (714) 628-7085
As of November 8th, the Santiago Fire was 100% contained but continued to burn in the Cleveland National Forest.
OC Fire Authority: Santiago Incident Report updated periodically (last update 7:20 AM 10/27/07)
- cause: Arson (OCFA Arson Tip Line: (800) 540-8282)
- approximately 28,400 acres burned
- at one point nearly 2000 firefighters were fighting on this fire.
- Several hundred OC Sheriff and CHP officers also assisted.
- 8 residential structures damaged and 15 destroyed
The fire is officially referred to as the Santiago Incident, ORC 0706855.
- OC Register: Fire Central (site is slow from lots of traffic)
- City sites: Irvine, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita,
- CA FIRE NEWS: CA-ORC-Santiago Canyon
- Wikipedia page on 2007 Southern California wildfires
At least one additional USFS Hotshot Crew was transferred down from from Santa Barbara Tuesday morning. Thanks to Daniel for the information, his son Ben is one of those firefighters.
Joel’s October 24th post to Twitter seemed to mark a turning point, “The fire has burned out of our district, to the east and to the north. Nothing left to burn if it turns around….” It would seem that Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills are through the worst of this.
At its closest point, the fire was about a mile away, and upwind, from my parents’ house in north Irvine.
Several communities were evacuated during the fire. These included Foothill Ranch, Portola Hills, parts of Lake Forest, and Silverado and neighboring canyons.
Location & Maps
The best maps have turned out to be annotated Google maps, both of these were continually updated:
The OC Register also kept a map of the Santiago Fire.
October 4, 2007 OCFA map, (PDF, 544k)
Earlier OCFA maps:
- Santiago Incident Wildfire OCFA Map 5, October 26, 2007
- Santiago Incident Wildfire OCFA Map 4, October, 24, 2007
- Santiago Incident Wildfire OCFA Map 3 October, 22 2007
- Santiago Incident Wildfire OCFA Map 2, October 22, 2oo7
- Santiago Incident Wildfire OCFA Map, October 21, 2007
- OC Register, Irvine Wildfire Map, October 21, 2007
Other Map sources
- USDA Forest Service Wildfire Maps – Remote Sensing Applications Center (updated every 4 hours, archive)
- OCFA fire maps
Blogs, photos and forums
Photo by atharkhan
- Joel Sax’s blog and Twitter feed. Joel has been one of the best sources of information. (Portola Hills)
- Kelson Vibber is posting frequently: Oct 21, 22, 22, 23, 23 (Irvine)
- Rob on Twitter, also posted video from Sunday Night
- Leaving by Dawn (northwest Irvine)
- Jason Stone has posted some great photos, he’s also on Twitter and Flickr
- Laer has been posting daily: Oct 22, 23, 24 (Coto de Caza)
- Michelle Simmons is posting her experiences and photos: Oct 22, 22, 23
- Weather Today – blog by two climate scientists with notes and photos.
- Jason Rosenberg (also posting links)
- Danny Evans at Dad Gone Mad
- Deborah posted some thoughts
- OCFA photos and video (1.8mb WMV)
- Metroblogging OC has several posts, the comments are worth reading.
- Paul Epps
- Irvine Housing Forum discussion
- James Fabin: My Lexus at SoCal Fire (video)
- Craig Hockenberry on Twitter
Aside from the OC Register, early coverage of this fire has been lousy to non-existent. I’m only posting links to stories which add something new, most of what I’ve read has been useless dramatizing of the OCFA releases.
- Firefighters make stand against fire in Foothill Ranch – Los Angeles Times
- Authorities: Orange County Fire Was Arson – News Story – KNBC | Los Angeles
- OC Register: Fire reported in O.C.(original article)
- cbs2.com – Brush Fire Crosses Toll Road In Orange County (basic news rehash)
- 4,000 acres burning in O.C. – News – MSNBC.com (different network, same rehash)