2-square-mile fire forces evacuations in Southern California

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Hundreds of homes remained evacuated Tuesday morning as officials prepared to reassess the damage caused by the Canyon Fire burning near Corona. "With these weather conditions, things can change very quickly out there", said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The blaze was 5 percent contained between 1,700 and 2,000 acres about 9:20 p.m.

The blaze is being called the Canyon Fire and has already burned around 2,000 acres. Evacuations were ordered on Dominguez Ranch Road, San Almada Road, San Ponte Road, San Viscaya Circle, San Sebastian Circle, San Ramon Drive, San Alvarado Road, Mt. Elena Circle, Mt. Tesoro, Mt. Palmas and Mt. Cantara Circle, according to the Corona Fire Department.

No structures were threatened even as Santa Ana winds were blowing 20 to 25 miles per hour were fanning the flames, according to reports.

By 11 p.m. Monday, about 40 residents had gathered at an evacuation center opened at Corona High School.

Crews used bulldozers and cleared vegetation by hand to try to halt the fire's advance as gusts of up to 30 miles per hour whipped the flames and shifted the direction of their advance.

Adams Elementary School, Cesar Chavez Academy, Coronita Elementary School and Prado View Elementary School will be closed Tuesday because of the fire, according to the Corona Fire Department.

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

Five helicopters with night-vision capabilities and three planes, including a DC-10, also helped in the battling the blaze, Concialdi said.

Two eastbound right lanes at Coal Canyon Road were closed to make room for firefighting equipment, which led to a traffic backup for about seven miles, a CHP spokesperson said.

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