Canyon 2 Fire Thursday morning update

Lawrence Kim
October 13, 2017

For thousands of drivers who rely on the 241 toll road to commute between South Orange County and the Inland Empire "Road Closed" is the last sign they want to see.

The news release did not estimate when the work would be completed.

The fire began close to the intersection of the eastward 91 Freeway and the 241 toll street.

City of Orange officials initially said that area would remain evacuated today, but changed their minds and announced around 5 p.m. that, "understanding the desire of our residents to get back into their homes as soon as possible", all residents have been allowed to return. Firefighters observed minimal fire behavior yesterday, so containment is now holding steady at 60 percent.

Three people have been injured, 3,500 structures were threatened, 23 structures were destroyed, and 36 structures were damaged. More than 1,400 personnel were deployed to fight the flames with 166 fire engines and 14 helicopters.

Authorities acknowledged hundreds of prisoners from the Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp in Valyermo in the Mojave Desert who helped extinguish hot spots and clear brush Wednesday, preventing the blaze from kicking up again, The Orange County Register reported. "It seeds the march toward our goal of 100 percent containment of this fire". Containment increased from 5 percent Tuesday morning to 60 percent by 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The road will be closed in both directions between the north end of the 91 Freeway and the Santiago Canyon Road/Chapman Avenue exit until further notice, according to the Toll Roads of Orange County.

The evacuation area was repeatedly expanded - with 5,000 homes in Anaheim Hills, Orange and Tustin under evacuation orders at the fire's height.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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