Firefighters are nearing the end of their battle against the Canyon Fire, which was 95 percent contained as of 7 p.m. after having blackened just over 2,660 acres on the Orange-Riverside county line between Anaheim and Corona.
Full containment of the blaze, which has damaged six structures and at its height threatened about 1,900 homes, was expected Sunday or Monday.
A total of 925 firefighters and other personnel were deployed to continue mopup work. The only road closure remaining in place was on Skyline Drive west of Funston Way in Corona. The road was closed to all motor vehicles, mountain bikers and hikers because of continuing firefighting operations, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
Evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday for hundreds of Corona-area homes that were initially threatened by the blaze.
About 1,500 residents from 500 homes near the Riverside (91) Freeway were initially affected by the fire on the Orange-Riverside county border.
The fire broke out about 1 p.m. Monday alongside the eastbound Riverside Freeway, just west of Green River Road in west Corona, and initially spread at a “moderate” rate to Coal Canyon Road off the freeway, according to the OCFA.
The fire began spreading at a “rapid rate” around 3 p.m. Monday, fanned by Santa Ana winds blowing at 20 to 25 mph. By Monday night, it had charred about 2,000 acres and had damaged a single-family home and a big rig.
–City News Service