Oct 11, 2017
Residents, business owners, schools affected in Canyon 2 fire in SoCal
by Albert Bataclan, ABS-CBN News
ANAHEIM, CA — The hills along the 91 freeway in the Anaheim Hills area now look like a barren, burnt wasteland — as the massive Canyon 2 fire continues to burn in Southern California.
Now on its third day, it has scorched 8,000 acres and is at 45% containment as of Wednesday morning, according to authorities.
Cooler overnight temperatures and the return of the marine layer has helped the over 1600 fire fighters from all over California fight the blaze, which has destroyed 15 structures, damaged 12 and has injured three people.
Orange County fire officials say most evacuation orders have been lifted and all residents should be able to return to their homes by late Wednesday.
But Filipino American business owners —just down the hill from the fire line —says they are amazed at how far the effects of the fires can be felt all over orange county.
“Malapit po ang bahay namin sa Disneyland, sa Katella and Brookhurst, pagdating ko po sa bahay kagabi, nakita ko po yung maraming ashfall at leaves an marami,” said Norma Seriano. “Yung ibang mga customer nandito sila, kumain sa amin, sila ninenerbyos, nanginginig, dahil sila mismo ang nasunugan ng bahay.”
“One of my customers, they said that the fire was just behind their house, so they are really scared and panicking,” said Roman Calica, a business owner. “Basta yung mga important documents lang nakailangannatin, kailangannaka safety yun para in case na may sunog, madalinatinmakukuha at maililigtas.”
Schools in the immediate area of the fire remain closed due to possible fire danger and extremely poor air quality.
The fire was first reported Monday morning near the 91 Freeway and Coal Canyon. The 241 toll road connecting the 91 freeway to the 261 remains closed. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Full containment is expected by Saturday.