In Corona, the Canyon Fire continues to burn in the hills south of the 91 Freeway. At last report last night, the blaze had burned more than 2000 acres and was 5 percent contained. Cal Fire says more than 300 firefighters are working on the blaze.
The Canyon Fire started yesterday afternoon near the 91 Freeway at the Riverside/Orange County line, and Santa Ana winds quickly helped spread the fire to 1000 acres within a couple of hours. Authorities have established an evacuation zone for neighborhoods in the hills south of the 91 and west of the 15 Freeway. Upwards of a thousand people have been evacuated from hundreds of homes in the hills west of Green River Road and Foothill Parkway, and efforts are being made to try to protect structures. Reports say that at least one structure was burned. Corona High School has been set up as a shelter for evacuees.
Because the smoke from he fire is expected to cause air quality problems, several school in the Corona area will be closed today. People with respiratory conditions are being warned to go to areas where is less smoke, or if you can’t get out of the smoke plume, stay indoors and limit activity.
The Canyon fire has continued to affect traffic on both directions of the 91 Freeway through Corona, as well as the 71 and 15 freeways approaching Corona.