Brush Fire In Anaheim Hills – Southland Under Red Flag Warning – 2 Structures Destroyed And Neighborhoods Evacuated

Brush Fire In Anaheim Hills – Southland Under Red Flag Warning – 2 Structures Destroyed And Neighborhoods Evacuated

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(Best Syndication) Anaheim Hills CA - Some Anaheim Hills residents were evacuated as flames approach luxury home neighborhoods. The fire has consumed at least 300 acres of brush, and police went door to door to evacuate residents of 200 homes on the edge of Anaheim Hills.

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) reports that the alarm was called at 7:53 A.M. Sunday morning. They dubbed the incident the “Windy Ridge Fire” and are using 4 Air Tankers, 4 Helicopters, 100 Fire Engines, 5 Dozers, 20 strike teams and over 400 firefighters.

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The vegetation fire was likely caused by a car fire on the Southbound 241 toll road. One report said that the care was stolen. The OCFA has evacuated Orange Park Acres to El Modena High School and Hidden Valley Development (Anaheim Hills) to Anaheim East Sub-station at Santiago & Yorba Linda Boulevards. Animals should be taken to the Sally Miller Equestrian Center.

Water dropping helicopters have been employed to fight the fast moving brushfire that has been fueled by winds as high as 35 miles per hour (MPH). As of 2:30 P.M. the Cable News Network (CNN) reported that at least one home in Anaheim’s Hidden Canyon neighborhood was on fire and many others are “immediately threatened.”

Orange County Fire Authority spokeswoman, Lynnette Round told the news network that "There is a lot of fire personnel out there and they are doing the best they can, but the weather is not in their favor."

The fire started near the Eastern Transportation (241) Corridor and Windy Ridge Toll Plaza Road. Orange County Register reporter Katherine Nguyen says that 500 firefighters are working the blaze which claimed two structures on Avenida de Santiago.

Nguyen pinpoints the fire in the Nature Conservancy, is spreading west toward Santiago Canyon Oaks near Canyon Rim Road and Serrano Avenue in Anaheim Hills, and toward Sandberg Lane in Orange Park Acres.

By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Writer

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