Canyon Fire grows to 2500 acres, only 5 percent contained

Posted September 27, 2017

An estimated 300 homes in west Corona were under a mandatory evacuation, with between 1,000 and 1,200 residents affected, Anaheim Fire & Rescue officials said. By Monday night, it had charred about 2,000 acres and damaged a single family home and a big rig.

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.

Air drops would continue through the night with a new update expected to be provided sometime Tuesday morning, the Fire Department tweeted. The on-and-off ramps for Green River Road were also shut down.

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The fire started around 1 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times, and it spread into Chino Hills State Park a couple hours later.

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

A unified command was comprised of the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.

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

Santa Ana winds blowing 20 to 25 miles per hour were fanning the flames, according to reports from the scene. Evacuation orders were in place for multiple streets in Corona: Dominguez Ranch, San Alamada Road, San Ponte Road, San Viscaya Circle, San Sebastian Circle, San Ramon, San Alvarado, Mt. Elena Circle, Mt. Tesoro, Mt. Palmas and Mt. Cantara.

Later, the officials said the Dominguez Ranch neighborhood was being evacuated, along with homes south of Green River Road from the 91 to Trudy Lane at the Orchard Glen development.

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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. "But we're asking the public, if possible, to avoid the eastbound 91", which was still reported to be congested early today.