BlueRidge Fire, 3rd Ld
Wind-Driven Blaze on West End of Corona Spreads Into Orange County
Eds: UPDATES evacuations. Corona Fire Department PIO John DeYoe can be reached at 951-736-2216.
YORBA LINDA (CNS) – A wind-driven brush fire on the west end of Corona quickly spread into Orange County, threatening homes in Yorba Linda and blackening thousands of acres tonight.
Initially called the Green Fire and later renamed the Blue Ridge Fire, the blaze was reported at 12:55 p.m. adjacent to the Green River Golf Club, just off of Green River Road and the Riverside (91) Freeway, according to the Corona Fire Department.
One home was damaged in the blaze, but the location and extent of damage was not immediately available.
By 5:45 p.m., 1,170 homes were under evacuation orders, including homes in the Hidden Hills community and Yorba Linda, north of the Riverside (91) Freeway, east of Gypsum Canyon, according to the Orange County Fire Authority and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Additional evacuation orders were issued Monday night for the Carbon Canyon area east of Break Hills to the county line, according to the Brea Fire Department. This area includes Olinda Village and Hollydale.
Voluntary evacuations were urged for Olinda Ranch and Brea Hills areas.
Evacuation orders were also issued Monday night in Chino Hills in San Bernardino County, including Carbon Canyon, Sleepy Hollow and Vellano Country Club Estates, according to the Chino Hills Police Department.
Cal Fire reported about 7:45 p.m. that the blaze had spread to 3,000 acres and was 0% contained.
The high winds grounded aircraft used to battle fires for most of the day, but by late Monday afternoon, a DC-10 was up in the air making air drops in Yorba Linda, Fennessy said.
“But we’re also told we can expect (winds) to increase in the early morning hours until they die off sometime tomorrow afternoon,” Fennessy said.
About 550 firefighters were battling the blaze. Multiple engine crews from the city and Riverside County Fire Department encountered flames moving rapidly west up a hillside, powered by 30 mph Santa Ana winds.
The head of the fire entered Orange County about 1:20 p.m., and the flames raced toward Yorba Linda, posing a threat to scores of residences.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.