Disneyland looks so eerie as wildfires rage in California

Posted October 11, 2017

The fire began Monday morning (Tuesday NZT) in the Anaheim Hills about 72 kilometres southeast of Los Angeles and was rapidly spread by the region's notorious warm, dry and gusty Santa Ana winds.

The fire's smoke could be seen as far west as downtown Long Beach.

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

The LAFD has one strike team in Napa County fighting the Atlas Fire and an additional team in Orange County battling Canyon Fire 2, spokeswoman Amy Bastman said Tuesday. Santos told KPCC she lives across from Irvine Regional Park near Santiago Canyon College, an area with quite a few homes abutting wildlands.

With between 3,000 and 4,000 residents potentially impacted, mandatory evacuations have been ordered in several areas around the fire (detailed in the map below).

City officials could not immediately say how many people are affected, but at least 1,000 homes were evacuated.

In Orange, an evacuation center was established at at El Modena High School, 3920 E. Spring St.

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An overnight shelter was also opened at Katella High School, 2200 E. Wagner Ave., Anaheim. Dio Compolongo, 22, said he operated "on total instinct" when he saw the blaze creeping close to his family's residence in the Anaheim Hills.

Officials are anticipating a possible shift in winds that could expand the fire and push it toward neighborhoods in Anaheim Hills, Orange and Tustin.

Residents with large animals were urged to take them to the Orange County Fairgrounds.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is trying to bring the fires under control.

"We understand that you want to stay in your homes, but you make it more hard for the firefighters", Wyatt said.

All eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway were closed in the area, along with both sides of the 241 Freeway south of the 91 Freeway.