2000-acre wildfire forces California residents from homes

The wildfire, dubbed the Canyon Fire by authorities, ignited on just after 1 p.m. on Monday.

About 1,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders.

The Corona Fire Department on Monday night tweeted that the fire was up to 2,000 acres and 5% contained.

Authorities are saying 20 to 25 mile-per-hour winds are fanning the flames.

The winds will push the fire southwest most of the day Tuesday before steering flames east toward Corona in the evening, he said.

"There was fire on every hillside", Concialdi said Tuesday morning.

One home was damaged, but no structures have been destroyed.

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There have been no reports of injuries and the cause of the blaze is unknown.

The Oakland Fire Department and Oakland Police Department issued a statement saying they were working together to evacuate residences in the area closest to the fire. A unified command was comprised of the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.

As of 2 a.m. Tuesday, approximately 45 evacuees checked-in at an evacuation shelter set up in the gymnasium of Corona High School.

Five helicopters with night-vision capabilities and three planes, including a DC-10, were involved in the firefight, Concialdi said, although the big air tanker and some helicopters were grounded as night fell Monday, with shifting Santa Ana winds a cause for concern.

Four schools have been closed due to the threat from the flames, with Corona City authorities urging people to leave their homes south of Green River Road to the Trudy Way area.

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

Two eastbound right lanes at Coal Canyon Road were closed to make room for firefighting equipment, which led to a traffic backup for about seven miles, a CHP spokesperson said. "But we're asking the public, if possible, to avoid the eastbound 91", which was still reported to be congested early today.

  • Adam Floyd