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

Fire Forces Lane Closures on 91 Freeway
A brush fire broke out alongside the 91 Freeway on Monday Sept. 25 2017
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27 September, 2017

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.

According to the Twitter feed of the Orange County Fire Authority, "OCFA assisting Anaheim Fire with brush fire on EB-91 Fwy" in the vicinity of Carbon Canyon.

The last update from the Corona Fire Department Monday evening stated the fire had scorched roughly 2,000 acres with just 5 percent containment.

The huge blaze covered an area of 2,00 acres by 9pm last night forcing authorities to order evacuations for 1,000 homes.

The Oakland Fire Department and Oakland Police Department issued a statement saying they were working together to evacuate residences in the area closest to the fire.

An evacuation shelter has been opened at the Corona High School gymnasium.

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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.

Temperatures near the Canyon fire in the Santa Ana Mountains will hover around 90 degrees with winds moving at about 5 miles per hour over the ridge tops with the occasional 15-mph gust, said Miguel Miller, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in San Diego.

Adams Elementary School, Cesar Chavez Academy, Coronita Elementary School and Prado View Elementary School will be closed Tuesday because of the fire, according to the Corona Fire Department.

Authorities closed Dominguez Ranch Road to incoming traffic and Green River Road is closed at the entrance to a mobile home park until further notice.

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

Crews were setting backfires, hoping to keep the fire from crossing the freeway. "But we're asking the public, if possible, to avoid the eastbound 91".


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