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October 11, 2017

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/15/17 6:45 p.m.)

Containment now is 90 percent, up from 75 percent Saturday night. Acreage remains at 9,217.

Firefighters made great progress Sunday despite hot, dry weather and strong winds in the morning.

The number of firefighters now is at 677, down from some 900 earlier.

Full containment still is projected for Tuesday.

In a positive sign, there will be no more daily updates from the front.

Anaheim Fire & Rescue will continue to provide updates periodically as warranted.

You can check Anaheim Fire & Rescue on Twitter.

This marks a turning point in Canyon Fire 2. Firefighters will continue to work the fire area until full containment.

Our sincerest sympathies go out to those who saw homes destroyed or damaged and wish them the best as they continue the recovery process.

A community assistance with information on recovery services will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday at the East Anaheim Gymnasium at 8165 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road.

It is open for anyone from any city or area impacted by Canyon Fire 2.

We will also share online a list of resources on Monday.

Going forward, please take time to ensure you have a family emergency plan in place to protect you and your loved ones.

Also, sign up for urgent text and phone messages via Anaheim Alert. You can do so here.

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/15/17 7 a.m.)

The situation was stable overnight. Firefighters continued to address flare-ups driven by hot, dry canyon winds.

That continues this morning with an expected peak in winds. Given conditions, things are going relatively well.

We will provide updates as we get them, but major incident updates with containment and acreage are going to once daily in the early evening, rather than two daily as we've had for the past week.

We thank all of you for your vigilance and ask that you continue to watch for updates through the morning and later today.

You may continue to see smoke in the fire areas as firefighters battle hot spots and flare-ups.

Continue to check Anaheim Fire & Rescue on Twitter for the latest, best information.

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/14/17 8 p.m.)

Containment is now at 75 percent, up from 70 percent this morning. Acreage remains unchanged at 9,217.

This is good news for the day given hot, dry weather and strong canyon winds. A big kudos to all of the firefighters.

There was no expansion of the fire today. Firefighters battled hot spots and flare-ups within the fire area and continue to do so. They also removed trees that posed potential hazards.

There are no immediate threats to neighborhoods. But we urge everyone to continue monitoring the situation since heat and winds are set to peak on Sunday. It will be another challenging day.

Full containment is still projected for Tuesday.

Continue to check Anaheim Fire & Rescue on Twitter for the latest, best information.

You should also sign up for urgent text and phone messages via Anaheim Alert. You can do so here.

Damage inspection throughout the fire area is now done. The total count is now 25 structures destroyed and 53 damaged.

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/14/17 7:30 a.m.)
Containment remains at 70 percent, unchanged overnight. Acreage also holds at 9,217.

More than 1,000 firefighters continue to work the fire, focused on strengthening remaining containment lines.

The containment number reflects a line around the fire that keeps it from spreading and allows firefighters to target fire within that perimeter.

Full containment is projected for Tuesday with all eyes on Santa Ana wind conditions Saturday and Sunday.

There are no new threats to neighborhoods. But we urge everyone to monitor the situation.

Continue to check Anaheim Fire & Rescue on Twitter for the latest, best information.

You should also sign up for urgent text and phone messages via Anaheim Alert. You can do so here.

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, the forecast calls for Santa Ana winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour and gusts of 35 miles per hour. Winds are always higher and more extreme in wildland canyons.

It will also be hot and very dry.

This is a shift from the favorable firefighting weather we saw the past few days.

Please know firefighters have prepared for this shift and have factored into containment efforts.

Should we see renewed neighborhood threats, you will see urgent messages from us on social media up to emergency automated phone calls and police, fire and helicopters in your neighborhood with evacuation orders.

Meanwhile, you will also continue to see fire crews, police and public works officials throughout fire-area neighborhoods. This is part of the normal post-evacuation process.

Again, there is no immediate threat now. But it is always good to know what to do should conditions change.

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/13/17 7:45 a.m.)

Containment remains at 65 percent and acreage at 9,217, unchanged from overnight.

Full containment now is projected for Tuesday, versus an earlier estimate of Saturday. The extended projection factors in changing weather this weekend.

There are no new threats to neighborhoods. But we are concerned about hot, dry weather today through the weekend.

A fire weather watch is in effect starting Saturday through Sunday. Please remember, similar conditions fanned Canyon Fire 2 earlier this week.

Continue to check Anaheim Fire & Rescue on Twitter for the latest, best information.

You will also continue to see fire crews, police and public works officials throughout neighborhoods. This is part of the normal post-evacuation process.

Should we see renewed danger this weekend, you will see urgent messages from us on social media up to emergency automated phone calls and police, fire and helicopters in your neighborhood with evacuation orders.

Again, there is no immediate threat now. But it is always good to know what to do should conditions change.

Please have a basic family emergency plan in place to safeguard your loved ones and talk to your neighbors.

In other updates, the 241 Toll Road is partially open this morning for southbound traffic. Stay tuned for additional updates for the afternoon commute.

An assistance center opens at 9 a.m. Friday at East Anaheim Gymnasium (8165 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road).

This is a great, one-stop shop for anyone impacted by the fire and is in need of help.

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/12/17 8 p.m.)

Containment of Canyon Fire 2 has expanded to 65 percent, up from 60 percent this morning.

Acreage held steady at 9,217.

Favorable weather today was a big help.

Full containment is now projected by Tuesday, versus an earlier projection of Saturday.

We continue to watch -- and urge canyon and other residents to watch -- a forecast for hotter, drier weather this weekend.

There are no new immediate threats to neighborhoods, but a shift in weather could bring new risks.

It's always good to think about your loved ones by watching weather, updates from us and knowing what to do if emergency strikes.

An assistance center opens Friday morning in Anaheim to help residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged by Canyon Fire 2 as well as anyone else affected by the fire.

See more here.

A partial reopening of the 241 is expected around 2 p.m. Friday. It will not be open for the morning commute.

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/12/17 7:45 a.m.)

Containment remains at 60 percent and acreage at 9,217, unchanged from 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Weather outlook for today is favorable with cooler temperatures and light winds. That should allow for more progress.

We urge everyone to track the weather. The forecast calls for warmer, dry conditions starting Saturday and peaking Monday.

Currently, there is no immediate threats to neighborhoods from Canyon Fire 2.

But we will be watching weather and the risk of rekindling or flare-ups from hot, dry and windy weather this weekend.

For those who live in canyons, and everyone in general, it is always good to have a family emergency plan in place so you know what to do when disaster happens.

Part of that plan should include monitoring weather and reliable sources such as Twitter.com/AnaheimFire for critical information.

We urge you to do so as we head into the weekend and a shift in the weather.

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/11/17 6:15 p.m.)

We are awaiting an update on the fire around 7 p.m. and will share on Twitter.com/AnaheimFire and Twitter.com/City_of_Anaheim.

We are hoping for progress on containment with favorable weather today.

The final fire-area evacuation in Orange was lifted this afternoon. The area is off Windes Road north of Santiago Canyon Road.

In Anaheim, a fire-related road closure remains along Santa Ana Canyon Road from from Woodcreek Road to Gypsum Canyon.

The 241 Toll Road remains closed from the 91 freeway to the 261 Toll Road until further notice.

Commuters should factor that in, potentially through week's end. Officials need to ensure the road is safe for vehicles before reopening.

Fire info lines at Anaheim and neighboring cities are winding down. Of course, you can always call cities for emergencies and inquiries.

You can find more on that here.

On Thursday, we expect to have details on an assistance center for residents whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged.

Please check back and best wishes to all.


CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/11/17 7:45 a.m.)

Containment has grown to 45 percent and the fire remains at 8,000 acres.

Cooler weather continues to be promising for progress today.

There are no immediate threats to neighborhoods in Anaheim, Orange or Tustin, but, in Anaheim, an evacuation remains in place for safety along a stretch of Santa Ana Canyon Road from Woodcreek Road to Gypsum Canyon Road.

The 241 Toll Road remains closed from the 91 freeway to the 261 Toll Road until further notice.

Residents returning to homes and all those in canyon areas should continue to watch for updates to be safe.

Check Twitter.com/Anaheimfire for best info.

We will continue to update on conditions and fire progress and also begin sharing recovery information for those whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged.

Damage assessment continues. As of now, 15 homes have been destroyed across the fire area. Twelve structures have been damaged.

In Anaheim our best estimation is 13 homes destroyed.

Numbers will continue to be updated as damage assessment continues.

This morning, 1,660 firefighters continue to battle Canyon Fire 2 with 255 engines, 34 hand crews, 13 helicopters, five air tankers and five bulldozers.

Full containment is estimated by Saturday.


CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/11/17 6:45 a.m.)

We are awaiting new containment and acreage figures around 7 a.m.

Weather has turned favorable with a marine layer, winds from the ocean and high humidity overnight, boding well for progress on containment today.

A massive effort continues with 242 fire engines, 33 hand crews, 13 helicopters, five air tankers and five bulldozers.

Best wishes to all who returned to their homes in east Anaheim, Orange and Tustin last night.

Our sincerest sympathies for those whose homes were destroyed.

Today we will continue to update on the fire and also begin to provide recovery information.

Anaheim residents: if your house is habitable but find damage that is of concern, you can call (714) 765-4333 or fill out a brief form at Anaheim.net/firedamage to ask for a property assessment by Anaheim Public Works.

Properties will be assessed during regular business hours.


CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/10/17 5:44 p.m.)

Evacuations lifted for east Anaheim neighborhoods impacted by Canyon Fire 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2017) -- All Anaheim residents evacuated due to Canyon Fire 2 are clear to return to their homes at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Canyon Fire 2 continues to burn but is no longer threatening Anaheim neighborhoods. A solid containment line has been created along the eastern edge of communities near the 241 Toll Road.

While it is safe to return to homes, residents should continue to monitor Twitter.com/AnaheimFire for updates on Canyon Fire 2.

Returning residents will encounter Anaheim Police and Anaheim Fire & Rescue volunteers, as well as Anaheim Public Works crews in their neighborhoods.

Thirteen homes in east Anaheim were destroyed in the fire. Another 21 homes suffered fire damage. Two out buildings were also destroyed.

We do not yet have information on the out buildings, but they could include garages, sheds and other nonresidential structures.

Those returning to destroyed homes will find Anaheim Fire & Rescue volunteers on hand to help deal with the loss of their home.

It is important for everyone returning to homes in the evacuation area to check their property for burn damage or water damage to make sure it is safe.

If you feel unsafe or find damage at your home, it is best to find shelter somewhere else. Residents can call (714) 765-4333 to ask for a property assessment by Anaheim Public Works. Please be patient, properties will be assessed during regular business hours.

A few returning residents will come home to find the power out. Should power be out at your house, you can call (714) 765-3300 for an update. Operators will be on hand 24 hours.

As always, for any emergency call 911.

Returning residents may also still see barricades and remnants of earlier road closures. Regardless of neighborhood openings, all residents should obey any direction from law enforcement and any road closures that still remain.

Anaheim residents can call (714) 765-4333 with general questions related to the fire.

We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during this incident.

SCHOOL UPDATE
The following schools will re-open tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 for students and staff:

El Modena High School
Santiago Charter Middle School
El Rancho Charter Middle School

Out of an abundance of caution, the following elementary schools will remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017 for students and staff:

Anaheim Hills Elementary
Canyon Rim Elementary
Chapman Hills Elementary
Linda Vista Elementary
Panorama Elementary
Running Springs Elementary

All other schools in Orange Unified School District will remain open tomorrow. Please reference the OUSD website for additional information regarding schools.


CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/10/17 7 a.m.)

Fire now is at 7,500 acres.

Containment remains at 5 percent.

Focus overnight was on the fire’s east edge near the Cleveland National Forest.

All mandatory evacuations remain in place.

No new evacuations issued and no new immediate threats to neighborhoods.

1,100 firefighters are working fire. Number to grow this morning.

14 helicopters, six planes.

Watching for shift in winds this morning that could expand fire or push toward neighborhoods in Anaheim Hills, Orange and Tustin.

91 freeway open all but one eastbound lane.

241 closed entirely until further notice.



CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/10/17 12:30 a.m.)
East Anaheim Fire

Fire in east Anaheim is relatively stable at this hour.

Firefighters continue to work in the area attacking hotspots and flare-ups.

Best estimation: about a dozen east Anaheim homes have been destroyed and an additional seven have suffered fire damage.

In east Anaheim, we are watching for a shift in winds in the early morning hours, in a west to northwest direction.

We will be watching for any increased fire activity in east Anaheim in the morning with a shift in winds.
Firefighting aircraft continue flying overnight.

Heaviest firefighting continues to be at the fire’s southwest edge near Orange and Tustin.

Evacuations

No evacuations will be lifted overnight. All mandatory evacuations remain in effect in Anaheim, Orange and Tustin.

Anaheim evacuation area remains unchanged: east of Serrano, north of Nohl Ranch, south of 91 freeway, west of 241 freeway. Residents south of Walnut Creek Reservoir should be ready to leave if the fire spreads.

City of Orange mandatory evacuations: Orange Park Acres, Santiago Canyon Road East of Cannon.

City of Tustin mandatory evacuations: Jamboree and Tustin Ranch Road (north of Pioneer).

City of Irvine: no current evacuations

In the morning, we will assess if some Anaheim neighborhoods may see evacuations lifted on Tuesday.

But evacuated east Anaheim residents should prepare to be out of their homes through midday, if not longer.

Evacuated areas still remain unsafe with fire risk and crews working in the area.

Road Closures

Road closures west of Serrano Avenue and Weir Canyon Road that residents encountered earlier on Monday have been opened.

Roads will continue to be closed in the evacuation area east of Serrano.

The Riverside (91) Freeway is open with all but one eastbound lane.

Barring any dramatic change overnight, 91 freeway should be open for the morning commute.

The 241 Toll Road remains closed overnight. Residents should prepare for the 241 to be closed for the morning commute, pending any additional updates.

Shelters, Call Center

The East Hills Gym and Downtown Community Center are closed as care and reception sites.

Katella High in Anaheim and El Modena in Orange are open overnight as evacuation shelters.

The Anaheim call center at (714) 765-4333 is closed for the night and will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

We are not expected any major updates on the fire until 6 a.m.

Sporadic information will continue to flow on Twitter overnight with significant updates in the morning.

Continue to follow Twitter.com/AnaheimFire and Twitter.com/City_of_Anaheim for best information.

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/9/17 10:30 p.m.):

All Mandatory Evacuations Remain in Effect for all areas (Anaheim, Orange, Tustin)


Overnight shelter open at Katella High School (2200 E. Wagner Ave.).

Evacuation area remains the same for Anaheim: east of Serrano, North of Nohl Ranch, south of 91 freeway, west of 241 freeway. Residents south of Walnut Creek Reservoir should be ready to leave if the fire spreads.

We are continuing to monitor winds overnight. Containment is at 5%. If you live in the area, even if you are not evacuated, it is a good idea to have an emergency plan in place, should the fire shift.

Continue to monitor twitter.com/anaheimfire for real-time and accurate information.

City of Orange Hotline-714-744-7550, Mandatory evacuations- Orange Park Acres, Santiago Canyon Road East of Cannon.

City of Tustin - Mandatory Evacuations- Jamboree and Tustin Ranch Road (north of Pioneer)

City of Irvine- www.facebook.com/CityofIrvine-www.facebook.com/CityofIrvine- No current evacuations, monitor Irvine social media

City of Anaheim Hotline will remain open until midnight-714-765-4333 and reopen tomorrow morning at 8am.

CANYON FIRE 2 UPDATE (as of 10/9/17 6:45 p.m.):

Evacuated residents will not be able to return to their homes tonight for their safety.

Overnight shelter open at Katella High School (2200 E. Wagner Ave.).

Evacuation area remains the same for Anaheim: east of Serrano, North of Nohl Ranch, south of 91 freeway, west of 241 freeway. Residents south of Walnut Creek Reservoir should be ready to leave if the fire spreads.

We are continuing to monitor winds overnight. Containment is at 5%. If you live in the area, even if you are not evacuated, it is a good idea to have an emergency plan in place, should the fire shift.

Continue to monitor twitter.com/anaheimfire for real-time and accurate information.

Evacuation and Road Closures Map


CANYON FIRE 2 EVACUATION, ROAD & SCHOOL CLOSURES

Anaheim Fire and Rescue currently battling Canyon Fire 2. A shelter for evacuees is setup at:

East Anaheim Community Center
8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road

Downtown Anaheim Community Center
250 E. Center Street

Overnight shelters at:
Red Cross Shelter
El Modena High School
3920 Spring Street Orange, CA.

Katella High School
2200 E. Wagner Ave.

Road Closures:
Anaheim Hills
East of Weir Canyon Road and Serrano Avenue
Neighborhoods south of the 91 Freeway, west of the 241 Freeway, north of Nohl Ranch Road and east of Serrano Avenue
Nohl Ranch Road and east of Serrano Avenue
Nohl Ranch Road and Canyon Rim
East of Serrano Avenue, north of Nohl Ranch Road, south of 91 Freeway

Orange
Everything north of Santiago Canyon Road
South of Maybury Ranch
South of Santiago Oaks

Serrano/Oak Canyon
Festival/SACR
Weir Canyon/SACR
Canyon Rim/Serrano
Serrano/Nohl Ranch Road
Serrano/Monte Vista
Santa Ana Cny Between Weir Cny & Gypsum
Serrano & Weir

241 N/B closed between 261 and 91.
91 E/B and W/B are open. 91 E/B slow lane is closed at Weir Canyon.
261 is closed S/B.
91 E/W Connectors to the 241 South is closed. Gypsum Canyon is closed.

School Closures:
Chapman University is canceling all classes that start before 10 a.m. and will decide later about other classes. Staff should still report to work.
Santiago Canyon College
Tustin Unified School District has closed all schools for Tuesday.
Unity Middle College High School
The Orange Unified School District will close these schools on Tuesday:
Anaheim Hills Elementary
Running Springs Elementary
Canyon Rim Elementary
Chapman Hills Elementary
Linda Vista Elementary
Panorama Elementary
Santiago Charter School
El Rancho Charter School
El Modena High School - closed to students and staff, being used as incident command center and Red Cross shelter






Evacuation and Road Closures
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