Raging brush fire shrouds Orange County and Long Beach in smoke

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A quick-moving brush fire fueled by Santa Ana winds broke out in the Anaheim Hills Monday morning and, by 3 p.m., had burned between 4,000 and 5,000 acres, according to Anaheim Fire and Rescue.

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.

Social media posts show an increasingly apocalyptic-looking scene at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, where smoke and haze have descended over familiar rides and attractions.

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.

This is the evacuation map for Anaheim. #CanyonFire2pic.twitter.com/FfJjtnG9AN

— Anaheim Fire &Rescue (@AnaheimFire) October 9, 2017

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:

#CanyonFire from #knottsberryfarm #californiafire #calfire #canyonfire2

A post shared by Stephen Boatright (@stephenboatright) on Oct 9, 2017 at 4:09pm PDT

#anaheimhillsfire

A post shared by Sam Mershon (@sammunknown) on Oct 9, 2017 at 4:48pm PDT

Yuck

A post shared by Jennifer M. Enriquez Samaniego (@jennsam76) on Oct 9, 2017 at 4:16pm PDT

Please Pray for all of us here in Anaheim Hills #abc7eyewitness #canyon2fire

A post shared by Laura Kristine (@krisss_tee_) on Oct 9, 2017 at 4:07pm PDT

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