The Canyon fire that gave thousands of Corona residents a scare was holding at 2,000 acres Tuesday night, unchanged from 24 hours earlier, but was only 15 percent surrounded by containment lines, authorities said.
An evacuation order remained in place for a second night for about 600 Corona homes south of Green River Road, authorities said.
The same seven schools that were closed Tuesday will be closed again Wednesday, Corona-Norco Unified School District officials announced late Tuesday: Adams, Coronita, Eisenhower, Franklin and Prado View elementary schools, Citrus Hills intermediate and Cesar Chavez Academy.
More than 1,600 firefighters continue trying to keep the flames away from houses, said Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority. He said 16 aircraft — seven helicopters and 11 planes – were taking part in the fight.
“We will be doing night drops as well,” he said.
After sunset, plenty of flare-ups could be seen on the hillsides behind the evacuated homes, but most lasted for a few minutes before their lights were extinguished. The situation was significantly different from late Monday, when raging flames were burning down toward the houses.
Firefighters were allowing evacuated residents to briefly stop at their homes — but only with ID and only by foot, out of fear that the winds could shift and return flames to their doorstep. All day long, a stream of residents hiked into the neighborhoods to check on their property or pick up essential items.
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declared a local emergency, which is the first step toward accessing state funds for damage repair.
Only one structure is known to have burned,…