Canyon Fire Now At 2,000 Acres, Only 5% Contained
A fast-moving wildfire that broke out Monday afternoon on the border of Anaheim and Corona has grown rapidly, forcing more than a thousand Riverside County residents to evacuate from their homes. Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Fire Department told LAist that the fire is currently estimated to be at 2,000 acres and 5% containment, as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The blaze, which continues to burn along the 91 freeway on the Orange-Riverside county border, has destroyed one home and a big rig, according to CBS 2. Evacuation orders remain in effect, and a number of Corona schools are closed for the day.
The city of Anaheim issued a statement on Twitter Tuesday morning saying that although there was no immediate threat to Anaheim neighborhoods, they would be "watching potential wind shift today." Winds moving from the northeast are carrying the smoke into Orange County, and south into the Lake Elsinore vicinity, according to an advisory from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. "The sea-breeze later this morning and in the afternoon may spread smoke that is offshore into Los Angeles and Orange County and into additional areas of Riverside County, depending on evolving conditions," the agency said.
"The biggest thing right now is that we're transitioning it from a Type 3 incident command system [which is handled by local agencies] to a Type 1," Wyatt told LAist. According to Wyatt, the Type 1 category represents "the highest level of complexity, based on the resources coming to the fire and the number of agencies involved."