More than 100 homes burned by Complex Fire

11/16/2008 CORONA The eveacutation went into effect for people living in the Country Estates Gated community near the 57-Freeway.

As of Sunday morning the Orange County fire burned more than 10,000 acres and destroyed at least 100 homes. The Orange County Fire Authority said the fire is now 5 percent contained.

As many as 40,000 people were forced out of their homes across four counties; including Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

More hot, dry weather is expected Sunday. The relative humidity is expected to dip below 10 percent at times, and inland temperatures are forecast to push into the mid 90s.

Winds were relatively light compared to sustained winds around 30 mph Saturday. A few gusts hit 60 mph in the Anaheim Hills.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger late Saturday proclaimed a state of emergency in Orange and Riverside counties due to the wildfire.

The fire was reported at about 4 p.m. Saturday. Police and firefighters quickly rushed door-to-door to try to evacuate residents in the affected areas.

Approximately 4,500 homes have been evacuated in Anaheim affecting 12,600 people and 8,000-10,000 people have been evacuated in Yorba Linda.

An apartment complex with as many as 250 units was reportedly fully engulfed in flames along Santa Ana Canyon Road. According to the O.C. Fire Authority, 107 structures have been destroyed and more than 1,000 are threatened.


  • Yorba Linda - Foxtail, Stonehaven, NW of San Antonio and Yorba Linda Blvd.
  • Yorba Linda - north of Yorba Linda Blvd. between San Antonio and Village Center
  • Yorba Linda - voluntary evacuation north of Yorba Linda Blvd. between Village Center and Fairmont
  • Brea - east of State College & north of Lambert
  • Brea - Kramer Blvd. and Lambert Rd.
  • Brea - Olinda Village & Sleepy Hollow
  • Anaheim - West of the 241 freeway. east of Weir Canyon Road/Serrano, South of 91 Freeway and north of Marblehead
  • Anaheim - Savi Ranch
  • Anaheim - south of Mohler Dr., east of Del Giorgio, north of Canyon Rim Rd., and west of Deer Canyon Park and Fairmont Park
  • Approximately 4,500 homes have been evacuated in Anaheim affecting 12,600 people and 8,000-10,000 people have been evacuated in Yorba Linda

Mandatory evacuations were also ordered in the Chino Hills and Sleepy Hollow areas of San Bernardino County, near the Orange County Border.

In Brea, where a separate fire had raged until it merged with the bigger blaze in the evening, the Carbon Canyon area was under mandatory evacuation.


The Anaheim Downtown Community Center shelter area is closing. The Katella High School shelter will remain open throughout the night and until further notice. They are located at 2200 E. Wagner Ave.

Evacuation centers at Travis Ranch Activity Center and Esperanza High School were shut down due to air quality concerns.

ANIMAL INFORMATION: Animals can be taken to the O.C. Shelter at 561 The City Dr. and large animals can be taken to Los Alamitos Race Course. The number is (714) 995-1234.

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.

RESOURCES: Orange County Public Information Hotline - (714) 628-7085
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