Firefighters Continue to Evacuate Residents

Rosalie Stanley
October 11, 2017

A wind-whipped brush fire destroyed multiple homes in the Anaheim Hills area, and authorities said 1,000 homes were threatened.

The cloud comes from a small (so far) brush fire in Anaheim near the 91 Freeway at Gypsum, according to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA).

The eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway are now closed, along with both sides of the 241 Freeway south of the 91.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, however, it started in the same area as the first Canyon Fire at the Anaheim-Corona border last month.

The smoke over the park was coming from a fire churning through canyons in hilly neighbourhoods of Orange County, where residents of about 1,000 homes were forced to evacuate and a state of emergency was declared. The evacuation area was repeatedly expanded, reaching west toward Nohl Ranch Road.

Mandatory evacuations remained in place Tuesday.

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An evacuation center is being set up at a downtown community center.

The 91 Freeway, which reopened Monday afternoon, was expected to remain open for the morning commute.

Katella High School in Anaheim and El Modena High School in Orange were open overnight to evacuees overnight. Children from Running Springs, Anaheim Hills and Canyon Rim elementary schools were also being bused over to Canyon High School.

The L.A. County Fire Department has six strike teams deployed in Orange County, said spokesman Marvin Lim. Three regional parks - Irvine, Santiago Oaks and Yorba - were all closed due to the fire and smoke covering the area. The westbound lanes were closed at the 241 connector, she added.

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

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