Canyon Fire 2 containment reaches 60 percent

The second Canyon fire raged through Orange County beginning on Oct. 9, 2017.
The second Canyon fire raged through Orange County beginning on Oct. 9, 2017.
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Cooler temperatures and higher humidity helped firefighters make further progress overnight on a wildfire that burned through several thousand acres in the Anaheim Hills.

Canyon Fire 2 in Orange County now stands at 9,217 acres, up from 8,000 acres on Wednesday morning. But fire authorities say the uptick is due to better mapping, not fire growth. Firefighters observed minimal fire behavior yesterday, so containment is now holding steady at 60 percent.

All evacuation orders have been lifted, but Santa Ana Canyon Road in Anaheim is still closed between Woodcrest Road and Gypsum Canyon Road. The 241 Toll Road is also closed in both directions between the 91 Freeway and Santiago Canyon Road/Chapman Avenue.


Crews are working around the clock to repair the 241, but officials don't have a specific date for the toll road's re-opening.

"The commuters through this area have had a tough week," said Lisa Telles with the Transportation Corridor Agencies. "And we're hearing anecdotal reports of people taking 3 hours for them to get to and from work."

Anaheim Fire and Rescue said 23 structures were destroyed and another 36 were damaged in the fire since it erupted Monday morning. More than 1,400 personnel were deployed to fight the flames with 166 fire engines and 14 helicopters. Fire officials reported 3 injuries.

Damage inspection is still ongoing, but residents whose homes were damaged can request a building inspection from the city of Anaheim here.

Firefighters expect to have the fire completely contained by Saturday.

This story has been updated.