About 200 firefighters are now battling the blaze, now known as Canyon Fire 2. So far, it has yet to be even partially contained, as firefighters work desperately to protect residents and property. Fire officials estimate that at least six homes in the area have burned so far.
With the fire spreading, the winds have helped to shroud much of Orange County and bordering parts of Los Angeles County in smoke. By late afternoon, ash from the fire was falling as far away as Long Beach and San Pedro.
Meanwhile, deadly fires are ravaging the North Bay, with as many as 15 blazes burning around Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Napa. So far, they killed at least 10 people, destroyed 1,500 structures, and scorched more than 65,000 acres.
Do you live close to the Canyon 2 Fire? Here’s what to know:
- With between 3,000 and 4,000 residents potentially impacted, mandatory evacuations have been ordered in several areas around the fire (detailed in the map below).
- Shelters for evacuated residents have been set up at Downtown Anaheim Youth Center, East Anaheim Community Center, and El Modena High School.
- The South Coast Air Quality Management District has released a smoke advisory for most of central and northern Orange County, as well as southern and coastal parts of Los Angeles County. It’s effective until Tuesday morning.
- According to the AQMD, those in areas affected by the smoke should avoid any strenuous outdoor activities and older adults, children, and anyone with a respiratory condition should remain indoors.
- If you’re feeling the effects of the smoke, close all windows and doors and, if you have an air conditioner, keep it running.
Here’s a look at areas most affected by the blaze:
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Current view at #TheBeach with smoke and ash falling on campus from #CanyonFire2. Brush fire near 91 & 241 freeways may be affected, plan accordingly and stay safe. Get updates from your local news channels on freeway/road closures. #LongBeachState #WalterPyramid #CanyonFire2 #LongBeach credit: @steve5657
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Awful to see homes destroyed in Anaheim Hills this afternoon! Firefighters still battling strong winds as flames move closer to Cowan Heights & Orange. #canyon2 #fire #breakingnews #santaanawinds #ocfa #orange #anaheimhills #cowanheights #abc7eyewitness
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