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Firefighters battle fast-moving Anaheim Hills brush fire

Firefighters battle fast-moving Anaheim Hills brush fire

Firefighters on Tuesday were hoping to get more control of a brush fire that destroyed 24 structures in Orange County and forced a mass evacuation of residents in Anaheim Hills and Orange. Schools from South Los Angeles to Corona to Long Beach took precautions to protect students, primarily by keeping them inside, as sunny skies gave way to smoke-fueled gloom.

Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California forcing evacuations as homes burnt.

A wildfire that has burned almost a dozen square miles among Southern California suburbs is still just 5 percent contained and authorities say the thousands of people who evacuated will not be going home soon.

Lisa Amador, a spokeswoman with Sutter Health, said around 9 a.m. that Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital had finished evacuating the last of more than 80 patients in surgical, labor and emergency care.

More than 200 firefighters were on scene battling the fire, aided by six helicopters and six fixed-wing aircraft, according to the Fire Authority. MORE: Full list of evacuation orders, road closures for Canyon Fire 2Gov. Dio Compolongo, 22, said he operated "on total instinct" when he saw the blaze creeping close to his family's residence in the Anaheim Hills.

What this means for property owners in Orange County, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, & surrounding areas is that DAMAGES FROM SMOKE, CHAR, SOOT, ASH, AND BURNING FLAMES pose a significant danger once these materials begin to settle in and around commercial and residential properties.

Overnight shelter can be found at Katella High School (2200 E. Wagner Ave.). Some schools like Tustin Unified School District and Santiago Canyon College have called off classes.

"We want you back in your homes as soon as possible", Wyatt said. Fire officials said they expect about 1,000 firefighters to be on the lines by Tuesday morning. A rep for Disneyland did not immediately return a request for comment, but it appears that the park, which is about 15 miles from the fire, remains open as usual. The westbound lanes were closed at the 241 connector, but later reopened.

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