Wednesday September 27, 2017

Several fires are blazing in California. One of the largest that is close to a populated are is the Canyon Fire.

It started on Monday in Cole Canyon, and covers about two thousand acres. One thousand people were forced to evacuate, but were allowed to head back to their homes earlier today, as about 20% of the fire was brought under control.

Orange County Fire Authority Captain Larry Kurtz was quoted as saying, “There is no more increase in the size of the fire as of today.”

Residents of the Domingos Ranch neighborhood were taking shelter in the Corona High School in Corona, California.

Capt. Kurtz said, “A lot of people don’t know what’s happened in their homes. We will still have crews constantly patrolling those neighborhoods.”

Luckily, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, there have been no injuries reported, but there was damage to three houses. Cal Fire also reported that because of efforts on the ground and by air, fire activity has slowed. This is largely in part to favorable temperatures, less wind, and a humidity level of twenty percent.

According to Capt. Kurtz, the humidity level was at nine percent when the fire started.

“From a fire perspective it is hard to classify them purely by acreage,” said Capt. Kurtz. “But what makes these fires more damaging is when they occur in populated areas.”