The Orange County Fire Authority reports that the Santiago blaze is now 75 percent contained. Though firefighters are hoping to kill the beast by Friday (before the nasty Santa Ana winds whip it up over the weekend), the OCFA website lists Sunday as D-Day for full containment. Approximately 28,445 acres have been burned thus far.
The fire had some 2,000 firefighters on the job at its peak, but an estimated 1,800 are out there now, Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion told the Weekly over the phone a few minutes ago. It's "strategic demobilization," he said. "We don't currently need everyone that's been out here." Well, good! Hell knows those kids need to get some shut-eye.
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Picture: Concepcion illustrates the extent of the fire for reporters on Tuesday, 10/23.