Wind Drives Canyon Fire 2 Across Thousands of Acres

The local ABC News helicopter reported at 5 pm that the fire had burnt 4,000 acres and was completely uncontained.

Firefighters in Orange County are battling a a brush fire that erupted alongside the eastbound Riverside (91) Freeway near the 241 toll road in Anaheim Hills, quickly scorching 2,000 acres and forcing mandatory evacuations to about 1,000 homes, according to Anaheim fire officials.

But while last month's Canyon Fire burned east, winds of about 25 miles per hour pushed its sequel to the west on Monday, prompting mandatory evacuation orders for residents south of the Riverside Freeway and west of the 241 toll road.

A non-emergency information hotline was set up in Orange at (714) 744-7550.

You can view a map of the evacuation areas here.

District officials said those three schools remained closed Tuesday, along with Chapman Hills Elementary, Linda Vista Elementary, Panorama Elementary, Santiago Charter School, El Rancho Charter School and El Modena High School. Anaheim Fire and Rescue will let the public know if they need any more donations.

Anaheim residents whose homes were damaged can request a building inspection here. A horseback riding instructor at the Peacock Hill Equestrian Center at Irvine Park has also set up an online fundraiser for Serrano Creek Ranch evacuees.

Evacuations in the Anaheim Hills and Orange areas remain in effect, as do multiple freeway closures in the area where the 241 and 91 freeways intersect in Anaheim Hills.

Residents with large animals were urged to take them to the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Chapman University in Orange was closed Monday and Tuesday due to smoky air from the blaze, but classes are scheduled to resume today.

One unnamed firefighter fighting the blaze was injured due to smoke inhalation, and was airlifted to UCI Medical Center in Anaheim, according to Wyatt, the Los Angeles Times reported.

All other schools in the Orange Unified School District will remain open Wednesday, officials said. There was also no word on whether those campuses would reopen Tuesday, with the decision dependent on the fire fight. Fire crews are hoping calmer winds today will help them contain the blaze.

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. The northbound 261 tollway was also closed at the 241, he added.

Motorists were advised to take the Orange (57) Freeway to the Pomona (60) Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Florentino Olivera said. "We understand that you want to stay in your homes, but you make it more hard for the firefighters", Wyatt said.

CHP officials were working at day's end to open all but the right lane on the eastbound Riverside Freeway, Olivera said.

Vanessa Coleman

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