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Anaheim Hills fire: Fast-moving fire burns homes, prompts mandatory evacuations

11 October, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Glenda Knight
  • Brush fire erupts near Santa Ana Canyon Road in Anaheim

Initially reported at 25 acres, the latest blaze - dubbed Canyon Fire 2 - exploded across about 500 acres by midday, then across 4,000 to beyond 5,000 acres by late afternoon, fire officials said.

The evacuation zone was primarily for residences in the wildland-urban interface south of the 91 Freeway and east of the 241.

The Anaheim Fire update further reveals that containment is only at 5 percent.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued an advisory about the air: "Smoke is now heavy in the vicinity, with the fire fueled by strong Santa Ana winds".

But conditions and progress are going well. At least six homes were damaged or destroyed.

Meanwhile, Anaheim Police are conducting escorts for people who need to check on pets, get medicine or address other critical needs.

Continue to follow Twitter.com/AnaheimFire and Twitter.com/City_of_Anaheim for best information.

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"It's gotten a lot bigger", said Anaheim Fire and Rescue spokesman Sgt. Daron Wyatt, according to the Orange County Register.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department also dispatched another 22-firefighter strike team to Canyon Fire 2, as did a coalition of South Bay fire departments.

Almost 4,000 residents have been impacted by the blaze.

Authorities have ordered evacuations of neighborhoods and two elementary schools and shut down heavily traveled freeways.

A full list of evacuation orders, school closures and shelters can be found on KTLA's website.

A wildfire that scorched thousands of acres in Anaheim Hills cast an eerie orange glow in the skies over the Happiest Place on Earth Monday. Anyone with large animals was instructed to take them to the Los Alamitos racetrack.

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