Hundreds Evacuate As Brush Fire Makes Way To Corona

Photo Courtesy of Ian Gille

So far, about 2,600 acres, 6 homes, and the trailer of a semi truck have been burned along the Riverside/Anaheim County border as a major brush fire continues to rage through west Corona.

At around 1 p.m. on Monday, a brush fire ignited along the 91 freeway at Coal Canyon Road, and just hours later began threatening several Corona neighborhoods along the border of Corona and Anaheim.

Around 1,500 people have been evacuated, 7 schools had been closed (partly due to air quality issues), and several roads had been shut down.

So far, no injuries have been reported, but at least 3 structures have been damaged according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

By Wednesday morning, the fire had charred about 2,000 acres and was only 20% contained. Around 1,598 firefighters were involved with putting out the fire authorities said.

On Thursday, schools in the Corona-Norco Unified School District began to re-open as the fire went under 20% containment.

By Friday, 6 structures, a semi-truck trailer, and 2,600 have been charred, but the fire was under 75% containment. “Full containment is expected to be reached by Sunday,” according to abc7.com.

On Saturday, the fire was 95% contained. “We have lots of up and down territory, places that bulldozers can’t go, and it’s just a yard-by-yard, foot-by-foot fight to get this thing finally contained,” Captain Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority told KPCC. “These are the most difficult areas of the fire for our firefighters to access and to cut fire break around. That’s why it’s taking so long,” Kurtz said.

By Sunday, the fire was still at 95% containment. Firefighters predict to reach 100% containment by late Sunday or early Monday morning.

Finally, after one whole week, the fire was been contained. In total, it has burned 2,600 acres of steep, rigid mountain brush, destroyed four homes, one commercial building, one outbuilding, and threatened 1,900 structures and its peak according to Orange County register.

Around 195 engines, 12 helicopters, 5 air tankers, 18 bulldozers, 1,910 firefighters were involved with putting out the fire.

Evacuations have been lifted, and residents are allowed access back to their homes.