Canyon Fire continues to burn in Corona

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The huge blaze covered an area of 2,00 acres by 9pm last night forcing authorities to order evacuations for 1,000 homes.

Temperatures near the Canyon fire in the Santa Ana Mountains will hover around 90 degrees with winds moving at about 5 miles per hour over the ridge tops with the occasional 15-mph gust, said Miguel Miller, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in San Diego.

"There was fire on every hillside", Concialdi said Tuesday morning. There were no immediate reports of damage to homes. A second injury later was reported.

The fire spread rapidly yesterday, starting at 250 acres and then covering 1,500 acres within two hours, reported KTLA. "All of a sudden there was fire right in front of my face, as I was evacuating", said James Kim.

An evacuation shelter has been opened at the Corona High School gymnasium.

Later, the officials said the Dominguez Ranch neighborhood was being evacuated, along with homes south of Green River Road from the 91 to Trudy Lane at the Orchard Glen development.

About 300 firefighters from the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, as well as the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire were battling the blaze. Officials announced that four schools - Cesar Chavez Academy and Adams, Coronita and Prado View elementary schools - will be closed Tuesday, citing poor air quality, active evacuations and road closures.

Five helicopters with night-vision capabilities and three planes, including a DC-10, were involved in the firefight, Concialdi said.

Crews were setting backfires, hoping to keep the fire from crossing the freeway.

Several lanes on the eastbound Riverside Freeway at Coal Canyon Road were initially closed to make room for firefighting equipment, backing up traffic for miles, the California Highway Patrol reported.

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