Canyon Fire 2 burns 7500 acres in Southern California

Wind-Driven Wildfire Spreads to Anaheim Hills Neighborhood

THE devastating wildfires ravaging California have sparked fears Disneyland will be shutdown after fans posted ominous pictures of smoke-filled skies over the resort. There were 200 staff battling the fire as indicated by an early evening refresh from Anaheim Fire and Rescue. The fire is already the largest blaze in Orange County in nearly 10 years, and over 1,000 firefighters across the state have arrived in the area to assist in battling the flames.

By Monday night it was only 5 percent contained. It started off of East Santa Ana Canyon Road, west of Gypsum Canyon and has burned 4,000 acres and at least half a dozen homes.

But mandatory evacuations remain in place.

Shifting winds were top of mind for crews on Wednesday. The Canyon Fire 2 comes not long after another brush fire burned about 2,600 acres at the Anaheim-Corona border in late September. It has been officially designated as the Canyon 2 Fire.

A wildfire that has burned almost a dozen square miles among Southern California suburbs is still just 5 percent contained and authorities say the thousands of people who evacuated will not be going home soon.


Fire crews are scrambling to protect structures.

Several elementary schools had to be evacuated and several regional parks have been closed due to the blaze, according to the Times.

Canyon Fire 2 was first reported around 10 a.m. Monday along the eastbound 91 Freeway near the 241 Freeway interchange in Anaheim Hills. Officials said the fire was moving rapidly toward the 241 Freeway. Dio Compolongo, 22, said he operated "on total instinct" when he saw the blaze creeping close to his family's residence in the Anaheim Hills.

California's fire chief says at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed in wildfires that have ripped through the state's wine country.

"We are monitoring the situation minute by minute and will resume classes when the local fire and health authorities, as well as campus leadership, determine that it is safe, " said Chapman spokeswoman Sheri Ledbetter.

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