2000-Acre Canyon Fire Prompts Evacuations, Lane Closure Near Anaheim-Corona Border

2000-Acre Canyon Fire Prompts Evacuations, Lane Closure Near Anaheim-Corona Border

2000-Acre Canyon Fire Prompts Evacuations, Lane Closure Near Anaheim-Corona Border

The fire began spreading at a "rapid rate" around 3 p.m. Monday, fanned by Santa Ana winds blowing at 20 to 25 miles per hour.

It was feared the winds would push the flames towards homes the city of Corona in Riverside County.

The fire broke out next to the Riverside (91) Freeway, just west of Green River Road, on the border of Riverside and Orange counties and blackened about 2,000 acres within eight hours.

There have been no reports of injuries and the cause of the blaze is unknown.

"We just looked at each other and said, 'it's time to go get the valuables,"' Peterson told the Orange County Register.

As of 2 a.m. Tuesday, approximately 45 evacuees checked-in at an evacuation shelter set up in the gymnasium of Corona High School.

Aircraft and more than 300 firefighters have been deployed to extinguish the blaze, which is only 5 percent contained, according to the fire service's latest updates.

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Evacuations were ordered on Dominguez Ranch Road, San Almada Road, San Ponte Road, San Viscaya Circle, San Sebastian Circle, San Ramon Drive, and a few more areas, according to the Corona Fire Department.

Four schools in the area closed Tuesday due to evacuations, poor air quality, and road closures stemming from the blaze.

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

Overnight, five helicopters with night-vision and three planes tried combating the wildfire from above.

Crews were setting backfires, in order to keep the wildfire from crossing the freeway.

Two eastbound right lanes at Coal Canyon Road were closed to make room for firefighting equipment, which led to a traffic backup for about seven miles, a CHP spokesperson said.

The Orange County Fire Authority said at least one building has been damaged or destroyed, while multiple structures are under threat in Corona. "But we're asking the public, if possible, to avoid the eastbound 91", which was still reported to be congested early today.

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