Brush Fire in Anaheim Hills Threatens 1000 Homes

Sheri Evans
October 11, 2017

Those evacuation orders remain in place.

South Bay fire departments sent a strike team of 22 firefighters Monday to assist Orange County firefighters battling the Canyon 2 fire in Anaheim Hills.

The fire, which broke out around 9:45 a.m., was burning about a mile from the recent Canyon Fire that eventually blackened more than 2,600 acres and took more than a week to contain.

-The eastbound 91 freeway is closed at Weir Canyon Road.

Deputies were dispatched to help firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers rescue people, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

Dio Compolongo, 22, said he operated "on total instinct" when he saw the blaze creeping close to his family's residence in the Anaheim Hills.

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Residents south of Walnut Creek Reservoir should be ready to leave if the fire spreads, according to officials. While the fire is darkening the skies over the Disneyland Resort, the theme parks are located several miles away from the fire and are in no danger from the fire at this time. The evacuation area was repeatedly expanded, reaching west toward Nohl Ranch Road.

Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt says the fire remains a threat to about 3,500 Orange County homes overnight and neighbourhoods might not open until tomorrow.

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

-The 241 is closed between 91 and Santiago Canyon Road.

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.

"Devastation. Heartbreak", said homeowner Scott Drew, describing his feelings at seeing his home of the last four years burn.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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