Mohadeseh Sadollahi, 47, owner of Bellaria Café in Foothill Ranch, a community south of the blaze that had been ordered to evacuate, said the roads had been closed.
“They can’t walk, they can’t drive,” she said of the residents. “People can’t get anything. Besides Covid-19, this is on top of that.
Ms Sadollahi said she lost five working days due to the Silverado fire in October, which worsened the economic effects of the pandemic.
“Because of the fire, the air quality is very bad,” she says. “People cannot sit outside or sit inside. As a small business owner who pays all of my bills and my rent, I can’t deal with this very easily. “
Chary Chaisawasdi, 45, an employee of the Twohubs Cycling Boutique in Foothill Ranch, said on Thursday the area was empty.
“It was pretty much a ghost town,” he says. “I didn’t realize the fire was so bad.”
He said he was not surprised by the latest wildfire.