Monday, 11 December, 2017

Wildfire Lays Down Overnight, But Fierce Firefight Continues In Anaheim Hills

Long Beach Fire Department Sends “Strike Team” to Assist in Anaheim Hills Fire Fast-Moving Anaheim Hills Brush Fire Prompts Evacuations, Darkens Skies Over Disneyland
Elias Hubbard | 11 October, 2017, 00:25

Large clouds of smoke are visible from the Cal State Fullerton campus as a brush fire in Anaheim Hills has burned through thousands of acres, prompting evacuations throughout the area. By late afternoon, ash from the fire was falling as far away as Long Beach and San Pedro.

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency due to the Canyon Fire and Anaheim Hills wildfires that are now burning thousands of acres of land and have caused millions of dollars in damages to local communities.

Mandatory evacuations remain in place Tuesday morning for residents in Anaheim, Orange and Tustin.

Those evacuated were directed to the Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 250 East Center Street, or the Downtown Anaheim Youth Center, 225 South Philadelphia.

Two High Schools are functioning as shelters for people, including El Modena High School, 3920 E. Spring St., in Orange; and Katella High School, 2200 E. Wagner Ave.in Anaheim.

Wyatt urged all residents in evacuation zones to clear the area and not attempt to return until notified it was safe. Officials say the fire that started Monday is consuming the un-burnt brush left by the first wildfire. Children from Running Springs, Anaheim Hills and Canyon Rim elementary schools were also being bused over to Canyon High School. The westbound lanes were closed at the 241 connector, she added. The Gypsum Canyon Road off-ramps were also closed on the 91.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park and Irvine Regional Park have been evacuated, and so has Yorba Regional Park so it can be used for firefighters, a county spokeswoman said.

"Or Ortega Highway if you're down south, " Olivera said.

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