The wildlands fire that began yesterday morning along the 91 Freeway near Gypsum Canyon continued into its second day. The latest update shows the fire has burned 8,000 acres and is at 40% containment. Currently there are over 1,600 firefighters throughout the county responding on the ground, including Garden Grove firefighters.
Tonight, most of the 16,570 or so residents, in 6,500 homes, told to evacuate Monday, will be allowed to return.
Another 360 people in 125 houses, north of Santiago Canyon Road and just west of Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange, were still on evacuation orders.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory. It is recommended to limit work outside and any prolonged exposure to the smoke. Those with medical issues are asked to take appropriate actions and to stay indoors and out of the smoke. The Garden Grove Unified School District is continuing to monitor the air quality impacting its schools.
School closures include Chapman Hills Elementary, Linda Vista Elementary, Santiago Charter School, El Modena High School, Santiago College, Chapman University, Anaheim Hills Elementary, Running Springs Elementary, Canyon Rim Elementary, El Rancho Charter School, and Panorama Elementary. The Tustin Unified School District has cancelled all classes and school related activities.
Road closures include the 241, from the 91 to 261 Freeways; southbound 261 Freeway; and 91 Freeway eastbound lane at Weir Canyon.
The following animal shelters are accepting the following animals:
- OC Animal Care, located at 561 The City Drive, Orange: small animals
- Katella High School, located at 2200 E. Wagner Avenue, Anaheim: small animals
- El Modena High School, located at 3920 E. Spring Street, Orange: small animals
- Orange County Fair Grounds: large animals
- Los Alamitos Racetrack, located at 4961 Katella Avenue, Cypress: large animals
Animal owners are asked to call the fire information hotline at (714) 765-4333.
For more information and updates about Canyon 2 Fire, please visit the County of Orange at http://www.ocgov.com/default.asp. The Garden Grove Fire Department is also posting updates on Facebook and Twitter.