Mandatory Evacuation as Wildfire Erupts on South Side of Corona

CORONA (CNS) - A wildfire that broke out today on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest near Corona quickly spread in dry vegetation, blackening about 75 acres and threatening homes. The non-injury blaze was reported shortly after 3 p.m. in the area of Skyline Drive and Burrero Way, near the entrance to a popular hiking spot, according to the Corona Fire Department. 

Riverside County Fire Department staff took charge of deploying resources because the blaze started in an unincorporated area, and two dozen engine crews and eight hand crews from the county, Corona, Riverside and the U.S. Forest Service converged on the location, with 240 personnel working to contain the brusher, according to a county fire department spokeswoman.

A house on Trudy Way was in the path of the fire, and crews established a protective shield around the property, sparing it from damage, according to reports from the scene. Other properties were threatened by the flames, leading public safety officials to issue a mandatory evacuation order for the Orchard Glen Community housing development. The following streets were impacted by the order: Brannan Circle, Burnett Circle, Burrero, Corbett Street, Elker Road, Fanning Circle, Folson Circle, Gareth Circle, Maybe Canyon Road, Rawley Street and Trudy. Evacuees were directed to shelter at Corona High School, 1150 W. 10th St., or another safe location. 

Corona police shut down Foothill Parkway between Elysia Street and Paseo Grande to prevent traffic from interrupting firefighting efforts. Six air tankers and three water-dropping helicopters were making runs on the wildfire that was spreading through vegetation at a moderate rate amid light winds, according to county officials. 

Smoke could be seen from the Riverside (91) Freeway to the north and Interstate 15 to the east, initially prompting multiple calls to the California Highway Patrol. 

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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