Wildfire threatens homes, prompts evacuations in southern California

The so-called Canyon Fire in the Corona area continues to burn Tuesday morning, scorching about 2,000 acres since it started Monday afternoon, and forcing about 1,000 residents to evacuate.

The wildfire, dubbed the Canyon Fire by authorities, ignited on just after 1 p.m. on Monday. By Monday night, it had charred about 2,000 acres and damaged a single family home and a big rig. A unified command was comprised of the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.

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.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire was only five percent contained.

More than 300 fire personnel from multiple agencies were dispatched to fight the fast-growing fire via air and ground, but the battle was complicated by severe winds, fire officials said.

Corona High School's gym opened as the local evacuation shelter.

Nine helicopters and nine fixed-wing aircraft along with 350 firefighters are now battling the flames.

Additionally, crews were setting backfires, hoping to keep the fire from crossing the freeway.

Three of seven lanes of the eastbound portion of the freeway had been closed, according to the California Department of Transportation. The wind appeared to be blowing flames away from his house as he watched with a neighbor. Then the wind changed its direction. Officials said evacuation orders remained in effect overnight as helicopters continued to drop water on the blaze.

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

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.


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