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Wildfire rages in Southern CA

A fast-moving wildfire burned 1,000 acres in Southern California on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of about 200 homes in Orange and Anaheim Hills.

BY STAFF REPORT | ANAHEIM HILLS, Calif. | March 11, 2007

A fast-moving wildfire burned 1,000 acres in Southern California on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of about 200 homes in Orange and Anaheim Hills.

More than 800 firefighters battled the Windy Ridge Fire from the ground and from the air with air tankers and helicopters. The fire, which started shortly before 8 a.m. and was believed started by a car that may have been stolen, was still raging nine hours later. No indication was given of when the fire might be brought under control.

The fire was whipped by high winds, with gusts of up to 41 mph, temperatures in the mid-80s and low humidity. The National Weather Service had issued a red-flag warning through 7 p.m. PDT Monday.

No injuries were reported. Two homes in Anaheim Hills were reported damaged; both of them had wood-shake roofs, Capt. Stephen Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) said.

The blaze forced the closure of several roads, including southbound State Road 241 at the 91 Freeway. The fire began at the 241 Windy Ridge toll plaza at 7:53 a.m. and quickly spread to the west, the OCFA said.

Authorities went door to door to alert residents to evacuate.

The American Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at El Modena High School. The field at the school was being used to hold livestock and horses from the fire area. Another shelter was opened at the East Anaheim Gymnasium.


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