Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Hundreds of Homes Evacuated as 2000 Acre Canyon Fire Burns Near Corona

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Lance Thomas | 27 September, 2017, 00:13

While no injuries were reported, the number of mandatory evacuations increased from 1,000 residents to 1,500 residents, totalling an estimated 500 homes, according to Concialdi.

At least 1,000 California residents were forced to evacuate on Monday evening due to a 2,000-acre wildfire that had already destroyed one structure, officials said.

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.

The blaze, which was reported just about 1 p.m. on the eastbound 91, just west of Green River Road in west Corona, had spread to 150 acres by around 3p.m.to Coal Canyon Trail, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz.

"There was fire on every hillside", Concialdi said Tuesday morning. The authorities haven't yet said what first sparked the fire.

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. An evacuation shelter was set up in the gymnasium at Corona High School.

Crews used bulldozers and cleared vegetation by hand to try to halt the fire's advance as gusts of up to 30 miles per hour whipped the flames and shifted the direction of their advance. A unified command was comprised of the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.

Five helicopters with night-vision capabilities and three planes, including a DC-10, also helped in the battling the blaze, Concialdi said.

Several lanes were closed, snarling traffic on the often-congested 91, along with other nearby roads Monday.

Two lanes of the eastbound 91 freeway near Coal Canyon Road remained closed Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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