flames from the Canyon Fire burning brush.
Flames from the Canyon Fire. Photo from OnSceneTV

The week-old Canyon Fire could be declared 100 percent contained Monday after scorching more than 2,660 acres near the Orange-Riverside county line between Anaheim and Corona.

The brush fire has damaged six structures and, at its height after it broke out last Monday, threatened about 1,900 homes, the Orange County Fire Authority reported.

A total of 925 firefighters and other personnel are deployed on the current mop-up work, clearing a line of vegetation around the site of the blaze, officials said.

The only road closure remaining 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 OCFA, one of the fire departments deployed to fight the fire.

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. September 25 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, OCFA said.

The fire began spreading at a “rapid rate” around 3 p.m., fanned by Santa Ana winds blowing at 20 to 25 mph. It quickly charred about 2,000 acres and damaged a single-family home and a big rig.

—City News Service

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