2-square-mile fire forces evacuations in Southern California

Cheryl Sanders
September 26, 2017

The so-called Canyon Fire in the Corona area continues to burn Tuesday morning, scorching about 2,000 acres since it started Monday afternoon, and forcing about 1,000 residents to evacuate.

Corona fire officials called for evacuations of about 1,000 residents of some 300 homes.

As a result of the wildfire, numerous schools announced closures for Tuesday. Numerous lanes were closed, leading to even more heavy traffic on the often-congested 91 freeway, along with some other nearby roads on Monday, according to CNN.

Green River Road was closed at Palisades Drive, Serfas Club Drive and Paseo Grande.

According to the Twitter feed of the Orange County Fire Authority, "OCFA assisting Anaheim Fire with brush fire on EB-91 Fwy" in the vicinity of Carbon Canyon.

It's still not clear what sparked the blaze.

Santa Ana winds blowing 20 to 25 miles per hour were fanning the flames, according to reports from the scene.

One Corona police officer suffered minor injuries not related to the firefight, Concialdi said, but details were not immediately released. 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.

Corona High School's gym opened as the local evacuation shelter. Five helicopters with night-vision capabilities and three planes, including a DC-10, also helped in the battling the blaze, Concialdi said.

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

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