The southbound lanes of the 241 Toll Road in Orange County are open again after a fast-moving wildfire damaged parts of the highway. The Canyon Fire 2 broke out Monday, scorching more than 9,000 acres and ravaging portions of the Anaheim Hills community.
The toll road sustained electrical, signage, guardrail, traffic control device and fencing damage between the 91 Freeway and Santiago Canyon Road/Chapman Avenue. Crews have been working around the clock to restore access to the road. The northbound lanes remain closed, but Caltrans expects a partial reopening by 2 p.m. Friday.
The fire is now 65 percent contained and all evacuation orders have been lifted. Firefighters are working to improve containment lines ahead of the warmer and drier conditions this weekend.
An assistance center for residents affected by the Canyon Fire 2 opens Friday morning at the East Anaheim Gymnasium. The center is designed to be a "one-stop shop" to help residents recover from the fire. The DMV will be there to help people get duplicate ID cards, vehicle registration and car titles. The American Red Cross and other organizations will also offer information on restoring utilities and filing home insurance claims.
People who would like to support the victims of Canyon Fire 2 can donate money to the Anaheim Community Foundation. Household items and clothing donations will be accepted by the Eastside Christian Church.