Fire crews gain on Orange County blaze

ANAHEIM HILLS, Calif. -- A brush-fire that destroyed 14 buildings and damaged another 22 in the Anaheim Hills area was burning mostly away from homes Tuesday, fire officials said at a morning news conference, however, evacuation orders remain in place for about 4,000 of residents in Orange, Tustin and Anaheim Tuesday.

The fire, dubbed Canyon Fire 2, has scorched about 7,500 acres and was 25 percent contained, Capt. Larry Kurtz said at a news conference Tuesday morning.  About 5,000 homes were still threatened by the fire, Kurtz said, but burn area on the west side of the 241 freeway, where the homes are located, was not expanding and fire crews were in place to protect buildings. The fire was still active on the east side of the freeway, but it was burning into wild land.

All evacuation orders remain in place for thousands of residents in Orange, Tustin and Anaheim, Kurtz said, but officials hope to begin letting residents move back into some neighborhoods by Tuesday evening.

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About 1,100 firefighters were involved in the firefight, Kurtzx said. Six fixed-wing aircraft and 14 helicopters were also assisting in the operation.

 

Mandatory evacuations remain in place Tuesday morning for residents in Anaheim, Orange and Tustin. Click here for an interactive map of Canyon Fire 2.

Anaheim evacuations: east of Serrano, north of Nohl Ranch, south of the 91 Freeway and west of the 241.

Residents south of Walnut Creek Reservoir should be ready to leave if the fire spreads, according to officials.

City of Orange evacuations: Orange Park Acres, Santiago Canyon Road East of Cannon.

City of Tustin evacuations: Jamboree and Tustin Ranch Road (north of Pioneer).

No evacuations were in place for the City of Irvine.

Areas that are evacuated can be found in a searchable map released by Anaheim Fire and Rescue.

Katella High School in Anaheim and El Modena High School in Orange were open overnight to evacuees overnight.

Residents with horses were being asked to bring them to Los Alamitos race track.

The 91 Freeway, which reopened Monday afternoon, was expected to remain open for the morning commute. However, the 241 Toll Road was likely to remain closed.

Anaheim residents with questions can call 714-765-4333, while those in Orange are urged to dial 714-744-7555.

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

Thousands of firefighters are also in Northern California battling several more wildfires, which have killed at least 11 people and burned more than 1,500 homes and businesses, authorities said.

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for the northern and southern California counties impacted by the fires.

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Here's some eye-popping numbers that tell the scope of the tragedy.

  • At least 11 people are dead, including seven in the wine country city of Santa Rosa, but that number will most likely rise: Sonoma County alone received more than 100 missing person calls.
  • More than 119,000 acres have been burned, much of it the lush, picturesque landscape of the state's beloved wine country. The area burned so far in Napa and Sonoma is three times larger than Washington D.C.
  • More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from their homes; two hospitals were also cleared out.
  • All 160 mobile homes at the Journey's End trailer park in Santa Rosa were destroyed.
  • Nearly 35,000 are without power throughout the state.
  • More than 1,500 homes and businesses were destroyed.
  • The fires were fueled by wicked 50 mph winds.
  • No rain is in the forecast over the next seven days.
  • More than 100 people were being treated at hospitals for burns, smoke inhalation and shortness of breath.