Disneyland has eerie orange glow as wildfires burn miles away

Posted October 11, 2017

The Canyon Fire 2 comes not long after another brush fire burned about 2,600 acres at the Anaheim-Corona border in late September.

Residents who gathered at emergency shelters and grocery stores said they were shocked by the speed and ferocity of the flames.

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency due to the Canyon Fire and Anaheim Hills wildfires that are now burning thousands of acres of land and have caused millions of dollars in damages to local communities. The evacuation area was repeatedly expanded, reaching west toward Nohl Ranch Road.

The fast-moving brush fire is now threatening roughly 1,000 homes in the area.

But while last month's Canyon Fire burned east, winds whipping at about 25 miles per hour pushed its sequel to the west on Monday, prompting mandatory evacuation orders for residents south of the Riverside Freeway and west of the 241 toll road. Firefighters worked hard to save homes but could not protect every structure as the fire raged out of control.

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City officials could not immediately say how many people are affected, but at least 1,000 homes were evacuated.

Homes just southwest of the interchange of the 241 and 91 freeways appeared to be most threatened, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory in the area because of the fire through Tuesday morning. Because of the high winds, the blaze grew immensely and traveled quickly. Instead, they turned their attention to making sure residents are out of harm's way. There were 200 staff battling the fire as indicated by an early evening refresh from Anaheim Fire and Rescue.

The Anaheim Fire update further reveals that containment is only at 5 percent. For Orange, it is 714-744-7550. An information hotline was set up at (714) 765-4333.