Some residents are returning to their homes as firefighters on Tuesday continued to fight the Canyon fire, which scorched 2,000 acres of land, closed roads, damaged structures and led to the cancellation classes at several schools Tuesday.
And amid the chaos, a Corona motorcycle officer received minor injuries after he was struck by a vehicle that skirted one of the barricades. The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.
The latest numbers on the fire show it only 5 percent contained, but there had been no update as of 7 a.m. from fire officials.
Corona residents began returning to their homes Monday night.
“We came back around 11 p.m.,” said Mita Mizan, who lives on Hidden Hills Way just south of Green River Road. “It was very close and very scary. I’ve never seen a fire like this in this area.”
Mizan and her family — including her husband, mother-in-law and her two sons — fled their home around 8 p.m.
“There were police everywhere and firefighters,” she said Tuesday morning, wrapped in a colorful shawl as she readied to take her 16-year-old for school. “They said it was mandatory we had to leave and my sons wanted to leave so we did.”
Mizan said it was hard to leave her home of nearly 20 years but the heat from the flames that scorched the back yard of her neighbor’s home was enough to get her and her loved ones out the door with only their most important documents and possessions.
On Tuesday morning, the CHP had closed eastbound 91 Freeway off-ramp at Green River Road until further updates.
Also, as of Tuesday morning, the following schools were closed: Adams, Coronita, Eisenhower, Franklin and Prado View elementary schools, Citrus Hills intermediate and Cesar Chavez Academy.
All other district schools will be open, including Corona High School, but will be operating on an “inclement weather schedule” due to poor air quality, intended to keep students inside, according to a social media post by the school district.
Updates will be posted to the district’s website and Facebook page.
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