Firefighters Continue to Evacuate Residents

Posted October 11, 2017

The number of structures destroyed by the fire remained steady at 24 structures, and there was no breakdown available yet of how many of those structures were homes or outbuildings.

State authorities are deploying more firefighters and law enforcement officials to areas devastated by wildfires raging in Northern California.

Katella High School in Anaheim and El Modena High School in Orange were open overnight to evacuees overnight.

The deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Jane Upton, told United States media the fires had already burnt nearly 30,000 hectares and consumed up to 1500 buildings, including homes and businesses. For Anaheim, it is 714-765-4333.

The 91 Freeway, which reopened Monday afternoon, was expected to remain open for the morning commute. Some schools like Tustin Unified School District and Santiago Canyon College have called off classes.

Some posted pictures of clear blue skies side-by-side with the orange smoke, which they said were taken a few seconds apart.

Santa Ana winds are predicted to "continue through late Tuesday morning across portions of Southwest California", the National Weather Service said in a 3:15 p.m. PDT advisory.

"To California, we say though this declaration, we are with you, our prayers are with you and we will be with you every day until we put the fires out", he said.

Chapman students who live off campus and had to be evacuated are being directed to go to Randall Dining Commons or the Student Union in Argyros Forum for shelter, Ledbetter said.

Firefighters protect a structure off in Calistoga, California. More than 1,000 firefighters, six fixed-wing aircrafts and 14 helicopters were battling the blaze. The Gypsum Canyon Road on- and- off-ramps are closed in both directions on the 91.

Thousands of people are unable to return to their homes on Tuesday, after 5,000 homes were evacuated as the blaze spread.