Fire jumps 91, races toward Anaheim Hills

November 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A wildfire that began in Corona and spread to Yorba Linda jumped the 91 Freeway, racing toward Anaheim Hills on Saturday afternoon.The 2,000-acre fire was reported at about 4 p.m., and police quickly rushed door-to-door to try to evacuate residents in the affected areas.

An apartment complex with as many as 250 units was reportedly fully engulfed in flames along Santa Ana Canyon Road. A spokeswoman from the O.C. Fire Department said 30 homes in Yorba Linda and 12 homes in Corona have been damaged or destroyed.

The 91 Freeway has been closed to all traffic between Corona and Orange County cities.
MANDATORY EVACUATIONS: Mandatory evacuations have been issued for about 3,100 homes in Anaheim Hills in an evacuation bounded by the 91 Freeway to the north, the 214 toll road to the east, and either Weir Canyon Road or Serrano Avenue to the west. All homes north of Marblehead Way, accessed from Serrano Avenue, are included in the mandatory evacuation.

Evacuation orders have expanded for a subdivision that is home to about 3,000 people, south of Santa Ana Canyon Road, east of Fairmount Drive, and is accessed via Del Giorgio Road or Old Bridge Road. About 411 residences are affected by this new evacuation order, which affects a subdivision along Mohler Drive and Country Hill Road.

EVACUATION CENTERS: Anaheim Community Center at 250 E. Center Street in Anaheim, Katella High School at 2200 E. Wagner Ave., Loara High School at 1765 S. Euclid St., and the Brea Community Center at 695 Madison Avenue in Brea.

Evacuation centers at Travis Ranch Activity Center and Esperanza High School were shut down due to air quality concerns. Officials advised that the Anaheim Community Center is a 'care and reception' center, but no overnight housing will be available.

ANIMAL INFORMATION: Animal Control is setting up an animal shelter for small animals at Esperanza High School at 1830 North Kellogg Drive in Anaheim. Horses can be taken to Del Rio Stables at 1314 Sanderson in Anaheim, Huntington Beach Equestrian Center at 18381 Goldenwest St. in Huntington Beach, or the Los Alamitos Race Track at 4961 Katella in Los Alamitos. Board is free, but people must bring feed and supplies.

The Orange County Animal Shelter at City Drive South is also taking animals for victims of the fire.There number is (714) 935-7419.

Helicopter aerials showed pictures of the Green River Golf Course burning, as gusty winds continued to push the fire into Yorba Linda and toward Brea at about 10 a.m. By noon, flames were racing toward Anaheim Hills.

Corona firefighters had requested assistance for immediate evacuations on Crestridge Drive and another residential street known as Crest Line, according to Orange County fire and CHP personnel.

The neighborhood of homes clustered nearby stands next to the Santa Ana River just north of the westbound 91. A caller to the California Highway Patrol at 9:28 a.m. said flames were getting close to or reaching her home, according to the CHP.

A closure on the 91 between Green River Road and the Corona (71) Expressway was ordered at 9:45 a.m.

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