12:00 NOON WEDNESDAY UPDATE:
Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents whose homes were being threatened by the Canyon Fire, burning in the Corona foothills south of the 91 freeway. Here is the official statement:
"As of 10:00 a.m. today, ALL evacuation orders on the Canyon Incident have been lifted. The lifting of evacuation orders is intended to allow residents only into the fire area. Therefore, all roads south of Green River Rd. from State Route 91 to W. Foothill Parkway are now open to residents with valid ID
"Green River Road is now completely open, however the eastbound State Route 91 Green River Rd. offramp remains closed.
"Residents returning home are reminded to:
- Drive Slowly, numerous crews and equipment will be working in and around the roadways.
- Be aware of hazard trees especially alongside roadways and around structures effected by the fire.
- Look for trees and poles with deep charring, particularly if still smoking, should be considered hazardous.
- Stay clear of any downed electrical lines."
Favorable weather conditions from yesterday overnight into today (Wednesday) have allowed firefighters to make good progress on the fire.
As of this morning, authorities say the blaze has been held to 2,000 acres burned, and is now up to 20% containment. Most of the blaze has been extinguished, but firefighters are still working on isolated patches still burning, and are on the watch for flare-ups.
For more details on the Canyon Fire from earlier KVCR reports, CLICK HERE.