More firefighters sent to California wildfires

Frederick Owens
October 11, 2017

Below, a look at the fast-moving wildfire and the destruction it left behind.

(VVNG.com) Several homes in Anaheim Hills were lost to a wind-driven brush fire Monday afternoon.

Areas that are evacuated can be found in a searchable map released by Anaheim Fire and Rescue. More than 1,000 firefighters, six fixed-wing aircrafts and 14 helicopters were battling the blaze. By Monday night, only 5 percent of the fire was contained, the LA Times reported.

No evacuations were in place for the City of Irvine.

Shifting winds were top of mind for crews on Wednesday.

Offshore flow will strengthen early this morning with strongest northeast winds along and near coastal mountain slopes and below passes and canyons today...weakening tonight and Tuesday.

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Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency due to the Canyon Fire and Anaheim Hills wildfires that are now burning thousands of acres of land and have caused millions of dollars in damages to local communities.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning through this morning for far Inland Orange County with northeast winds expected to reach 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts to be around 35 miles per hour.

By Tuesday, "we're gonna be as stretched as we can be", said Steven Beech, an incident commander with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, according to the LA Times.

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

Most commercial and residential homeowner insurance policies provide coverage for fire-related damages, including smoke, ash, soot, and other toxic wastes. At least 10 people have died in the Napa Valley wildfires, and more than 20,000 residents had been evacuated. VIDEO: Anaheim Hills family describes panic as fire nears homeA shelter for evacuees was set up at East Anaheim Community Center, 8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road.

Almost 1,000 homes may be threatened by the fire, the Los Angeles times reported.

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