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October 18 2017, 11:10 | Irvin Gilbert
Growing Brush Fire Shuts Down Riverside Freeway In SoCal
The winds will push the fire southwest most of the day Tuesday before steering flames east toward Corona in the evening, he said. "All of a sudden there was fire right in front of my face, as I was evacuating", said James Kim.
Firefighters battled a fast-moving wildfire that broke out adjacent to the Riverside (91) Freeway near the Anaheim-Corona border in California on Monday afternoon and prompted immediate evacuations as it blackened about 2,000 acres within only eight hours, reports said citing the Orange County Fire Authority.
The fire sent up a huge plume of smoke and rained down ash as it swiftly grew to more than 3 square miles after starting at 1 p.m. Monday in canyons about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Evacuations were in place for about 300 homes in the Dominguez Ranch area, with residents invited to take shelter at Corona High School.
By 5 p.m., the fire was estimated at 250 acres with 0 percent containment, Anaheim police and fire spokesman Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
He said homes were saved by crews on three helicopters equipped with night vision technology to help them make water drops after dark along steep hillsides.
Shifting Santa Ana winds were a cause for concern.
According to the Twitter feed of the Orange County Fire Authority, "OCFA assisting Anaheim Fire with brush fire on EB-91 Fwy" in the vicinity of Carbon Canyon.
By 7 p.m. Monday, evacuation orders were expanded to areas south of Green River Road from the 91 Freeway to Trudy Lane at Orchard Glen. Dominguez Ranch Road in Corona was closed to incoming traffic at Green River Road. Officials announced that four schools - Cesar Chavez Academy and Adams, Coronita and Prado View elementary schools - will be closed Tuesday, citing poor air quality, active evacuations and road closures.