Canyon Fire scorches 2,000 acres in Anaheim

UPDATE: As of 10:25 p.m. Tuesday night the fire was 2,000 acres and 15 percent contained. 

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (CNS) -- A wind-fanned wildfire broke out Monday, adjacent to the 91 Freeway on the border of Anaheim and Corona. As of Tuesday, the fire had grown to 2,500 acres and was 5 percent contained.

The "Canyon Fire" broke out for unknown reasons at around 1 p.m. Monday, just west of Green River Road in west Corona. By 3 p.m. it began spreading at a "rapid rate" according to Anaheim authorities. 

By Tuesday, Cal Fire reported two injuries and one structure burned. No major threats to structures remain.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for at least 500 homes in the Dominguez Ranch area of Corona, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority. Voluntary evacuations are in effect for West Corona.

More than 350 firefighters from the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, as well as the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire are battling the blaze.

Five helicopters with night-vision capabilities and three planes, including a DC-10, are involved in the firefight on Monday, Concialdi said. 

Shifting Santa Ana winds were a cause for concern. Crews were setting backfires, hoping to keep the fire from crossing the freeway.

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