L.A. County State of Emergency: Homes burn in fires at Yorba Linda, Corona, Palos Verges, Brea and Sylmar
A State of Emergency has been declared for Los Angeles County as more fires have broken out overnight and into the morning, burning down hundreds of homes.
Here’s the details per area:
Further to our report last night, over 10,000 residents were subsequently evacuated as the Sylmar Fire threatened more homes. The largest damage was at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park near Sylmar, where more than 500 homes were destroyed in the fire.
Corona, Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills Fire
Compulsory evacuation area is bounded by the 91 freeway on the north, the 241 toll road on the east, and either Weir Canyon Road or Serrano Avenue on the west. All homes north of Marblehead Way, accessed from Serrano Avenue, are included in the mandatory evacuation.
A dozen homes were damaged or destroyed by a wildfire in the Santa Ana Canyon that raced its way from west Corona into Yorba Linda. The fire took a midafternoon turn to the southwest, and jumped the Riverside (91) Freeway towards Anaheim Hills.
Anaheim officials also put out an urgent plea for residents to conserve water in the city’s hills and canyon areas, east of the 55 freeway.
Palos Verdes fire
Firefighters responded to a light brush fire in Rancho Palos Verdes about 10 a.m. First on the scene responders saw a smoking electrical transformer that had fallen from a power pole that appears to have started the blaze. No damage known at this stage.
The Brea fire was spotted at 12 noon Saturday spotted on the hills north of a subdivision near Valencia Avenue and Carbon Canyon Road.
Fire fighters are on the scene near Whistle Train Road and the Olinda Historic Museum. No reports of damage yet.
More when we have it.
Update: Freeway closures: “the 91 Freeway was closed between Green River Road and the Corona (71) Expressway at 9:45 a.m. Traffic is also being stopped on the Riverside (91) Freeway between Orange and Riverside counties.”
Update 2: looks like the Santa Barbara fire from Thursday night isn’t under control yet either. According to local fire brigades, the Tea fire continued to threaten about 1,500 homes, and many neighborhoods remained under mandatory evacuation orders.
Update 3: Smoke Advisories in Effect in San Fernando Valley
Air quality and health officials issued smoke advisories Saturday for the San Fernando Valley due to the Sylmar wildfire, as well as areas near Corona, Brea and Yorba Linda due to blazes affecting those areas.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a statement urging everyone “to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke. This includes areas where residents can see or smell smoke.”
Air quality may reach “unhealthy” levels in areas directly impacted by smoke, including the San Fernando Valley, portions of the San Gabriel Mountains near the fire, and the northwest Los Angeles County coastal area, according to the AQMD.
Due to additional wildfires in Riverside and Orange counties, air quality will reach “unhealthy” levels in the smoke-impacted areas of Corona and Norco; portions of Orange County and southern coastal areas of Los Angeles County, the AQMD advised.
Update 4 (3:30pm PST):
20+ homes now reported as destroyed in the Yorba Linda, Corona and Anaheim Hills fire. The Brea fire has surrounded the Brea Olinda High School and is burning around the 57 Freeway.
Residents in Anaheim Hills are now being ordered to evacuate, and there are reports of apartment complexes burning in the area.
Update 5: 3100 residents in Anaheim Hills are subject to a mandatory evacuation order in the area per the following map