CANYON FIRE UPDATE: Reports Of Up to 2,500 Acres Burned; Evacuations Still In Place

Sep 26, 2017


10:45 am UPDATE:

  • Although various media outlets are reporting the Canyon Fire has burned more than 2,500 acres, Cal Fire’s official update this morning still lists the fire as having consumed more than 2,000 acres and is still no more than 5% contained.  
  • There are more than 900 firefighters from multiple jurisdictions in Riverside and Orange Counties and the U.S. Forest Service. 
  • At least 18 aircraft and 60 fire engines are on the scene battling the blaze.
  • Evacuations of several hundred homes located in the hills on the southwest side of the 91 freeway above Green River Road and Foothill Parkway south to Trudy Way are still in effect; there are reports that up to 1, 500 residents have been evacuated from the area. 
  • Cal Fire says at least one structure was damaged; and there have been a couple of injuries reported; there are no other details about damage or injuries yet.  This morning (Tuesday) some residents were allowed to quickly return to their homes to check on pets and livestock.  There are no vehicles allowed within the evacuation area, and there is no estimated time when evacuations may be lifted.
  • An evacuation center has been established at Corona High School
  • Potential problems with air quality in the area because of the fire have prompted the Corona/Norco Unified School District to close a number of shools today, including Adams, Cesar Chavez Academy, Coronita, Eisenhower, and Franklin Elementary schools, and Citrus Hills Intermediate school.