Mandatory evacuations in effect as wildfire spreads in Anaheim

Mandatory evacuations in effect as wildfire spreads in Anaheim

Mandatory evacuations in effect as wildfire spreads in Anaheim

The wildfire - called Canyon Fire - started Monday around 1 p.m., near the 91 freeway and near the border between the cities of Anaheim and Corona.

Captain Steve Concialdi with the Orange County Fire Authority says crews have been working through the night to protect homes, but he told KPCC media partner NBC 4 that weather conditions could make their work more hard. By Monday night, it had charred about 2,000 acres and damaged a single family home and a big rig.

The fire and rescue department said that the fire was five per cent contained in an area of between 1,700 acres to 2,000 at around 9pm.

The Corona Fire Department said evacuations were being requested for about a dozen streets.

Four schools have been closed, and residents were told to shelter in the local high school athletics fieldhouse.

About 300 firefighters from the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, as well as the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire were battling the blaze.

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Santa Ana winds blowing 20 to 25 miles per hour were fanning the flames, according to reports from the scene.

He said the flames cleared much of the fuel that endangered homes, but that fire fighters will be fighting the blaze amid a 90-degree heat, gusty wind and dry air.

Crews were setting backfires, hoping to keep the fire from crossing the freeway. Officials said evacuation orders remained in effect overnight as helicopters continued to drop water on the blaze.

Traffic was backed up for several miles near the 91 and 71 freeway interchange as morning commuters made their way past the fire about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities ordered residents of all homes south of Green River Road - from the 91 Freeway to Trudy Lane, including the Orchard Glen Tract - to leave as more than 300 firefighters trudged through steep, rugged terrain.

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