Ferocious Canyon Fire in California forces evacuation of 1500 residents in Corona near Anaheim (videos and pictures)

The ferocious Canyon Fire in Southern California has forced the evacuation of as many as 1,500 residents living around the Santa Ana Mountains near Anaheim.

The wildfire has now spread to 2,000 acres near Chino Hills State Park, California, and is only 5 percent contained, with emergency crews urging people to evacuate homes and schools in the area.

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Canyon Fire started Monday around 1 p.m., near the 91 freeway and near the border between the cities of Anaheim and Corona. © Kyle Grillot / Reuters
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The Canyon wildfire in California is up to 2,000 acres and only 5% contained. © Kyle Grillot / Reuters

The canyon fire began close to Freeway 91 just after 1pm on Monday, September 25, 2017 and spread into Chino Hills State Park a couple hours later.

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The Canyon Fire spread to more than 2,000 acres and prompted at least 1,500 mandatory evacuations Monday night. via Twitter

Aircraft and more than 300 firefighters have been deployed to battle the flames.

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Four schools in Corona will be closed Tuesday due to the fire, evacuations, road closures and poor air quality. via Twitter
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More than 300 firefighters were working to contain the Canyon fire and save people’s homes. via Twitter

Helicopters and other aircraft dropped water on the fire all through Monday and the night. Crews used bulldozers and cleared vegetation by hand to try to halt the fire’s advance.

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The Canyon Fire was described as a “vegetation fire” by the Orange County Fire Authority. via Twitter
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Corona residents were told to shelter in the local high school. Closed roads caused halted traffic in the area. via Twitter

Four schools have been closed due to the threat from the blaze, with Corona City authorities urging people to leave their homes south of Green River Road to the Trudy Way area.

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Mandatory evacuations went into effect for parts of Corona and the announcement from the loud speaker of a police car blared: “It’s time to go.” via Twitter

Authorities reported that only one home was damaged, and they have not reported any injuries. An evacuation shelter has been opened at the Corona High School gymnasium.

Police driving up streets saying “it’s time to go” on loudspeaker in Corona, California:

Footage posted to social media shows huge fires burning across the hills above the city of Corona, with flames and plumes of smoke cutting across major roadways in the area.

The Canyon Fire is spreading dramatically. irefighters are trying to save houses in Corona, ner Anaheim. It’s really time to go, guys! Take care!

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