The 9,200-acre Canyon Fire 2 in the Anaheim Hills was nearing full containment Monday, one week after it broke out, authorities said.
The blaze destroyed 25 structures and damaged 55 more and at one point threatened some 3,500 others and forced the full closure of the 241 toll road in both directions between the 91 Freeway and Santiago Canyon Road.
The 241 was back to full operation around 9 Monday morning, with all northbound lanes back in use, along with the southbound off-ramp to Santiago Canyon Road and the northbound 241 on-ramp to Santiago. The southbound stretch was completely reopened at midnight Sunday.
Santa Ana Canyon Road between Woodcrest and Gypsum Canyon roads in Anaheim remains closed.
All evacuation orders were lifted by 5 p.m. last Wednesday, and several local schools and colleges that closed earlier in the week were open for business by Thursday.
Four minor injuries were reported in the fire, including two firefighters who suffered minor smoke inhalation, according to CalFire.
The blaze erupted last Monday about a mile from the area scorched days earlier by the previous Canyon Fire, which blackened more than 2,600 acres and took more than a week to contain. The new fire initially broke out near the Riverside (91) Freeway east of Gypsum Canyon Road, near the Coal Canyon flashpoint of September’s Canyon Fire, according to the OCFA.
The House of Representatives approved $576.5 million in funding Thursday for wildfire efforts in California, according to Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine.
–City News Service
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