A fast-moving brush fire is threatening about 1,000 homes in Anaheim Hills and had scorched several homes by early Monday afternoon, according to fire officials and media reports.
Canyon fire #2 broke out around 9:20 a.m. near the 91 Freeway and Gypsum Canyon Road, and quickly leapt the 241 Toll Road, according to Sgt. Daron Wyatt, a spokesman for the Anaheim Fire Department.
According to officials, the fire has burned 25 acres and multiple fire task forces are battling it. Television footage showed several homes on fire early Monday afternoon.
Evacuations were ordered south of the 91 Freeway, west of the 241 Toll Road, north of Nohl Ranch Road and east of Serrano Avenue. The Eastbound 91 Freeway was closed, with small spot fires reported along the roadway.
Late Monday morning, Wyatt said the fire had jumped the 241 Toll Road and was threatening approximately 1,000 homes. An evacuation order has been issued for all homes east of the intersection of Weir Canyon Road and Serrano Avenue, Wyatt said.
“You need to be prepared to evacuate and now is the time to do so,” Wyatt said in a video posted to the Anaheim Fire Department’s Facebook page. “Take everything that you can that will sustain you for the next couple of days.”
Several elementary schools in the area were evacuated as well, with students moved to Canyon High School. Several regional parks have also been closed and strong winds were pushing smoke into Orange and Santa Ana areas.
The fire comes just weeks after another blaze forced the evacuation of at least 1,500 homes in the Corona area.
12:25 p.m.: This article was updated with additional information about the advance of the fire and the amount of structures threatened.
This article was first published at 11:40 a.m.