Most evacuations lifted in Anaheim Hills fire

  • Most evacuations lifted in Anaheim Hills fire

Most evacuations lifted in Anaheim Hills fire

2 that started as a little brush fire this morning along the 241 toll-road was declared California's 26 major fire at 12:30 this afternoon after running up the Anaheim Hills to burn multi-million dollar view homes and send thousands of community residents fleeing the wind-blown conflagration.

Firefighters, who battled the westward wind-whipped blaze when it broke out Monday, are now focused on confronting off-shore gusts. "Numerous" other structures were also damaged in the highly populated area. Twenty-two other structures were damaged by the blaze.

About 1,660 firefighters were battling the blaze with 13 choppers and five air tankers.

Though forward progress of the fire has been halted, fire officials were anticipating that changing winds might cause the blaze to also switch directions.

"That doesn't mean it's out, but it's no longer expanding the perimeter", Beach said. "We hope to have a lot of you back in your homes this evening", Beach said.

The cause of the fire, which sparked only about 2 miles away from where the initial Canyon Fire started on September 25, is still under investigation.

In Orange, an evacuation center was established at at El Modena High School, 3920 E. Spring St. Full list of evacuation orders, road closures for Canyon Fire 2The evacuation orders for Anaheim were lifted by 7 p.m., and many evacuation orders in Tustin and Orange were lifted at 5 p.m. The westbound lanes were closed at the 241 connector, she added.

"Classes are canceled and operations are suspended", Ledbetter said. "That's the main area of concern right now", Anaheim Police Department spokesman Daron Wyatt said.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz told the Orange County Register that the fire was first reported around 9:40 a.m. Monday off of the 91 Freeway. As of last night, the fire was only contained to 5 percent.

Most of the residents who were evacuated because of the Canyon Fire 2 are being allowed to return Tuesday evening, October 10, authorities have announced. They join the almost 1,100 firefighters on the ground fighting what is now the largest fire in Orange County in the last decade. At least 10 people have died in the Napa Valley wildfires, and more than 20,000 residents had been evacuated. For this reason, firefighters could not battle the flames head-on. One firefighter was injured, possibly from smoke inhalation. For Orange, it will be in Orange Park Acres, Santiago Canyon Road East of Cannon. The evacuation area was repeatedly expanded. For Tustin, evacuation area is located in Jamboree and Tustin Ranch Road (north of Pioneer). Residents should take note of the emergency hotlines.

El Modena High School, along with Santiago Charter and El Rancho Charter middle schools will reopen Wednesday.

Several Orange County parks remained closed Tuesday as well, according to Marisa O'Neil, a spokeswoman for OC Parks. The damage was being assessed at Irvine Regional Park.