Evacuations ordered as Southern California fire spreads

Evacuations ordered as Southern California fire spreads

The so-called Canyon Fire in the Corona area continues to burn Tuesday morning, scorching about 2,000 acres since it started Monday afternoon, and forcing about 1,000 residents to evacuate.

Water-dropping helicopters flew through the night to save homes from a wildfire that surged through suburban canyons in Southern California and forced evacuations.

For many commuting from the Inland Empire to Orange County, the Riverside Freeway is the only access point, Olivera said.

The last update from the Corona Fire Department Monday evening stated the fire had scorched roughly 2,000 acres with just 5 percent containment.

The blaze is being called the Canyon Fire and has already burned around 2,000 acres.

"There was fire on every hillside", Concialdi said Tuesday morning. An evacuation shelter was set up in the gymnasium at Corona High School.

It's still not clear what sparked the blaze.

Crews were setting backfires, in order to keep the wildfire from crossing the freeway.

Evacuations were ordered on Dominguez Ranch Road, San Almada Road, San Ponte Road, San Viscaya Circle, San Sebastian Circle, San Ramon Drive, San Alvarado Road, Mt. Elena Circle, Mt. Tesoro, Mt. Palmas and Mt. Cantara Circle, according to the Corona Fire Department.

Aircraft have dropped fire retardant to stop the flames from burning further uphill.

Later, the officials said the Dominguez Ranch neighborhood was being evacuated, along with homes south of Green River Road from the 91 to Trudy Lane at the Orchard Glen development.

Several lanes were closed, snarling traffic on the often-congested 91, along with other nearby roads Monday. 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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