Canyon fire kept in check at 2,000 acres, but 600 Corona homes still evacuated – Orange County Register

The Canyon fire that gave thousands of Corona residents a scare was holding at 2,000 acres Tuesday night, unchanged from 24 hours earlier, but was only 15 percent surrounded by containment lines, authorities said.

An evacuation order remained in place for a second night for about 600 Corona homes south of Green River Road, authorities said.

More than 1,600 firefighters continue trying to keep the flames away from houses, said Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority. About 20 helicopters and air tankers also were taking part in the fight.

The same seven schools that were closed Tuesday will be closed again Wednesday, Corona-Norco Unified School District officials announced late Tuesday: Adams, Coronita, Eisenhower, Franklin and Prado View elementary schools, Citrus Hills intermediate and Cesar Chavez Academy.

“We will be doing night drops as well,” Kurtz said.

After sunset, plenty of flare-ups could be seen on the hillsides behind the evacuated homes, but most lasted for a few minutes before their lights were extinguished. The situation was significantly different from late Monday, when raging flames were burning down toward the houses.

Firefighters were allowing…

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