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Wildfire erupts in Southern California

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A home burns in the Canyon 2 Fire east of Anaheim. (NBC photo) A home burns in the Canyon 2 Fire east of Anaheim. (NBC photo)

Another wildfire has erupted in California, this time about 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles in the hill country of eastern Orange County.
    
The Anaheim Fire Department says the fire erupted late Monday morning and is being pushed by 25 mph winds. It started off of East Santa Ana Canyon Road, west of Gypsum Canyon and has burned 4,000 acres and at least half a dozen homes. It's being fought by 200 firefighters, six helicopters and six airplanes.
    
One firefighter has been injured.

Authorities have ordered evacuations of neighborhoods and two elementary schools and shut down heavily traveled freeways.
    
City officials could not immediately say how many people are affected, but at least 1,000 homes were evacuated.
    
An evacuation center is being set up at a downtown community center. Authorities also are setting up a place for residents to evacuate their horses.
    
Much of Southern California is under red flag warnings for fire danger due to the fall's first significant Santa Ana winds, the seasonal gusts linked to some of the region's worst wildfires.
    
The Anaheim fire erupted as the tally from numerous fires in Northern California worsens.
    
State officials say at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed, and 20,000 people have been evacuated in California wine country.


    

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