Corona Fire Evacuees Allowed To Return to Homes

By Anthony Saude

 

Inland Empire – Firefighters from Riverside and Orange counties are battling a brush fire that began Monday afternoon on the shoulder of the eastbound 91 Freeway near the Riverside-Orange county line. After four days of battling the fire, heat and wind in the hills above a Corona neighborhood the fire officials have increased the containment report to 45% as of Thursday morning.

Authorities received a report of the fire shortly before 1 pm on September 24 that a fire was burning in east Anaheim just west of the Green River Road exit. About 1900 firefighters, police and personnel have been attacking the wind-driven flames with hoses ont the ground and dropping water from aircraft overhead.  The over 1500 residents that were evacuated in the Corona area have been cleared to return to their homes as of September 26. Coronits, John Adams, Prado View, Eisenhower and Franklin elementary schools; and Cesar Cahavez Academy and Citrus Hills Intermediate School of CNUSD are still closed as of Wednesday.

Firefighters are continuing to build and reinforce the fire line, mop up hot spots and patrol the fire perimeter”, all according to a news release from the Orange County Fire Authority. Even though the fire hasn’t gotten any larger they have fire authorities have not updated to full containment. Historically until there is a physical line, some sort of break that will keep the fire from spreading has been built all around the fire. Firefighters would prefer to err on the side of caution before claiming full containment.

There haven’t been any injuries reported to date due to the fire and only one home was damaged and the trailer of a semi-truck was destroyed.

Although their neighborhoods were burning and the future of their homes were uncertain the residents had nothing but praises for the hard work and diligence the firefighters and all personnel responsible for their protection. Fire trucks in almost every driveway to protect the homes, dozens were saved thanks to the efforts of these community heroes. A unified command was composed of the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency Tuesday for the Canyon Fire that order will increases stat and federal assistance in the firefight. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

https://www.coronaca.gov/government/departments-divisions/fire-department/canyon-fire-update will give you current updates about the fire and Corona roads and school information.

Facebook activated its “safety check” feature for users in the vicinity of the fire as a way to “check on friends or mark yourself safe,” according to the social media platform.