At least 12 buildings burn in O.C. fire

November 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
More than a dozen structures have been damaged by a fast moving wildfire that started in Corona and moved into Orange County. Mandatory evacuations have now been ordered in a neighborhood just north of the Riverside (91) Freeway near Green River Road, according to Corona police and the California Highway Patrol.The 1,000-acre fire was reported at about 9 a.m., and police quickly rushed door-to-door to try to evacuate residents in the affected areas.

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.

By 10:02 a.m., 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.

Evacuation centers

Esperanza High School
1830 N Kellogg Dr.

Travis Ranch Activity Center
5200 Via De Escuela
Yorba Linda