30-acre fire off eastbound 91 backing up traffic for miles at Orange-Riverside county line
By Brian Rokos
Firefighters from Riverside and Orange counties are battling a brush fire Monday afternoon that started on the shoulder of the eastbound 91 Freeway near the county line, and traffic is backed up for miles.
The Canyon fire has burned about 30 acres as of 2 p.m., according to Anaheim Fire & Rescue. The flames have crossed Pipeline Road into Chino Hills State Park. Helicopters are dropping water to try to stop them.
The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. in far eastern Anaheim, west of the Green River Road exit, authorities said.
The right eastbound three lanes of the seven-lane freeway are closed at that spot. There is no estimate on when any of the lanes would reopen.
By 2:30 p.m., eastbound traffic was backed up for more than 6 miles, almost to the Lakeview Avenue exit in Anaheim, according to the Caltrans Quickmap. Northbound traffic on the 241 is also backing up, and westbound traffic on the 91 in Corona is slowing down as well, the map shows.
Caltrans is using electronic message boards on surrounding freeways to warn motorists to stay away from that area.
Multiple agencies on scene. Fire now at 25-30 acres. No structures threatened at this time follow here for updates #canyonfire pic.twitter.com/RjlvZA5VYU
— Anaheim Fire &Rescue (@AnaheimFire) September 25, 2017
Anaheim – OCFA assisting Anaheim Fire with brush fire on EB-91 Fwy. pic.twitter.com/e2EgSLGhF0
— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) September 25, 2017
The National Weather Service said the temperature in that area at 1 p.m. was 73 degrees, with very low humidity of 5 percent. Winds were blowing from the northeast at 8 mph with gusts up to 22 mph.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.