Moving Anaheim Hills Brush Fire Prompts Evacuations, Darkens Skies Over Disneyland

Wind-Driven Wildfire Spreads to Anaheim Hills Neighborhood

Homes were seen ablaze as a vegetation fire spread quickly through the Anaheim Hills area on Monday, prompting mandatory evacuations for 1,000 homes and freeway closures in the area.

The new blaze, dubbed Canyon Fire 2, started near the 91 and Gypsum Canyon Road, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz.

The eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway are now closed, along with both sides of the 241 Freeway south of the 91.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation for Orange County late Monday, freeing up state resources to help with battling the fire.

The fire comes just weeks after a brush fire burned over 2,500 acres at the Anaheim-Corona border, prompting dozens of evacuations. For Tustin, evacuation area is located in Jamboree and Tustin Ranch Road (north of Pioneer).

About 20 people spent the night at El Modena High, where they were served a breakfast of coffee, donuts and fruit.

By Tuesday morning, Anaheim Fire & Rescue reported the blaze to be at 7,500 acres. Understudies that were cleared are now at Canyon High School - two primary schools have been emptied, as indicated by the Associated Press. Those who live south of Walnut Creek Reservoir should be alert, as they may need to evacuate should the fire reach their area. Horse evacuations were established on the west end of Yorba Regional Park.

With winds easing off and a rise in humidity, the fire was fairly inactive on the western edge overnight, Wyatt said at an early morning press conference.

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

CHP officials were working at day's end to open all but the right lane on the eastbound Riverside Freeway, Olivera said.

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