2000-acre wildfire forces California residents from homes

CBS Los Angeles reports that the Canyon Fire started around 1 p.m. on the eastbound side of the 91 in the west Corona area before spreading to the Coal Canyon Trail, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz.

The Corona Fire Department on Monday night tweeted that the fire was up to 2,000 acres and 5% contained.

Concialdi noted that the fire is burning in a box canyon, narrow canyons with steep walls and flat bottoms. We still have fire on the ridge.

By 11 p.m. Monday, about 40 residents had gathered at an evacuation center opened at Corona High School.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for over 300 homes, which consisted about 1,000 residents in the Dominguez Ranch area of Corona, Concialdi said.

Over 150 firefighters from several departments are battling the fire, along with six helicopters and three planes. The winds were shifting between the sea breeze from the southwest to the offshore flow from the northeast.

The Orange County Fire Authority said at least one building has been damaged or destroyed, while multiple structures are under threat in Corona.

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

Authorities closed Dominguez Ranch Road to incoming traffic and Green River Road is closed at the entrance to a mobile home park until further notice. "But we're asking the public, if possible, to avoid the eastbound 91", which was still reported to be congested early today.

KNTV reports that the fire in the Oakland Hills neighborhood had grown quickly to about 20 acres in under an hour, or roughly a third of a square mile. Officials announced that four schools - Cesar Chavez Academy and Adams, Coronita and Prado View elementary schools - will be closed Tuesday, citing poor air quality, active evacuations and road closures.

  • Jon Douglas