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Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

At least 1000 Calif. residents evacuated due to fast-growing wildfire

At least 1000 Calif. residents evacuated due to fast-growing wildfire

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for about 300 homes - affecting about 1,000 residents - in the Dominguez Ranch area of Corona, Concialdi said.

A wildfire that ignited Monday on the border of Orange and Riverside counties in Southern California has surged to 2,000 acres, forced the shutdown of two lanes of a major freeway and spurred the evacuation of about 1,000 people.

Authorities say it broke out along the Riverside Freeway, which is on the boundary separating Orange and Riverside counties.

Dubbed the Canyon Fire, the blaze broke out for unknown reasons around 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EDT) alongside the eastbound Riverside Freeway, just west of Green River Road in West Corona.

The fire and rescue department said that the fire was five per cent contained in an area of between 1,700 acres to 2,000 at around 9pm. The authorities haven't yet said what first sparked the fire.

Fueled by dry conditions, shifting winds and flying embers, the fire fanned in different directions throughout the day.

No structures were threatened even as Santa Ana winds were blowing 20 to 25 miles per hour were fanning the flames, according to reports.

Nine helicopters and nine fixed-wing aircraft along with 350 firefighters are now battling the flames.

Crews were setting backfires, in order to keep the wildfire from crossing the freeway. A unified command was comprised of the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.

The following roads were also closed Monday night to incoming traffic: Dominguez Ranch Road, Nicholas Place, Canyon Crest Drive, Boulder Drive, Suncrest Drive, Ridgeline Drive (south of Green River), Serfas Club (south of Green River), Montana Ranch Road, and Del Mar and Trudy ways. Officials announced that four schools - Cesar Chavez Academy and Adams, Coronita and Prado View elementary schools - will be closed Tuesday, citing poor air quality, active evacuations and road closures.

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