Full Containment of Canyon Fire 2 Today


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ANAHEIM (CNS) - Full containment of the 9,200-acre Canyon Fire 2 in the Anaheim Hills, which has been burning for more than a week, is expected today, authorities said.

The blaze destroyed 25 structures, damaged 55 more, threatened some 3,500 others at one point and prompted the full closure of the 241 toll road in both directions between the 91 Freeway and Santiago Canyon Road.

The 241 was back to full operation around 9 a.m. Monday, a week after the fire broke out, with all northbound lanes back in use, along with the southbound off-ramp to Santiago Canyon Road and the northbound 241 on-ramp to Santiago. The southbound stretch was completely reopened at midnight Sunday.

Santa Ana Canyon Road between Woodcrest and Gypsum Canyon roads in Anaheim remains closed.

All evacuation orders were lifted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, and several local schools and colleges that closed earlier in the week were open for business by Thursday.

Four minor injuries were reported in the fire, including two firefighters who suffered minor smoke inhalation, according to CalFire.

The blaze erupted last Monday about a mile from the area scorched days earlier by the previous Canyon Fire, which blackened more than 2,600 acres and took more than a week to contain. The new fire initially broke out near the Riverside (91) Freeway east of Gypsum Canyon Road, near the Coal Canyon flashpoint of September's Canyon Fire, according to the OCFA.

The House of Representatives approved $576.5 million in funding Thursday for wildfire efforts in California, according to Rep. Mimi Walters, R- Irvine.


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