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Mandatory evacuations in effect as wildfire spreads in Anaheim

Mandatory evacuations in effect as wildfire spreads in Anaheim

Mandatory evacuations in effect as wildfire spreads in Anaheim

The fire sent up a huge plume of smoke and rained down ash as it swiftly grew to more than 3 square miles after starting at 1 p.m. Monday in canyons about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Firefighters battle to save homes as Canyon fire continues to burn in 4200 block of San Ramon Drive in Corona, Calif., Monday, Sept.25, 2017.

The incident has been designated the "Canyon Fire". We still have fire on the ridge. Corona High School, at 1150 W. 10th St, was serving as a shelter for displaced residents.

At least 500 homes remained under mandatory evacuation orders but authorities were hopeful some residents would be allowed to return. The strong winds once again eventually became a concern, grounding some of the helicopters and the big air tanker, CBS News reported. The winds were shifting between the sea breeze from the southwest to the offshore flow from the northeast. "With these weather conditions, things can change very quickly out there", said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.

Crews were setting backfires, hoping to keep the fire from crossing the freeway.

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But with some lanes closed, traffic was backed up for several miles and delays continued through the morning commute.

Authorities ordered residents of all homes south of Green River Road - from the 91 Freeway to Trudy Lane, including the Orchard Glen Tract - to leave as more than 300 firefighters trudged through steep, rugged terrain.

Temperatures near the Canyon fire in the Santa Ana Mountains will hover around 90 degrees with winds moving at about 5 miles per hour over the ridge tops with the occasional 15-mph gust, said Miguel Miller, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in San Diego. "But we're asking the public, if possible, to avoid the eastbound 91", which was still reported to be congested early today.

As a result of the wildfire, numerous schools announced closures for Tuesday.

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