Disneyland has eerie orange glow as wildfires burn miles away

Posted October 11, 2017

A fast-moving brush fire has destroyed or damaged multiple homes in the Anaheim Hills area, and about 1,000 other residences remain threatened as the wind-whipped wildfire continued to burn out of control amid a red flag warning.

A wildfire, dubbed "Canyon Fire 2", flared up this morning in the Anaheim Hills, east of the Anaheim Resort area.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued an advisory about the air: "Smoke is now heavy in the vicinity, with the fire fueled by strong Santa Ana winds". The number of structures destroyed by the fire remained steady at 24 structures, and there was no breakdown available yet of how many of those structures were homes or outbuildings.

"We're hoping that the weather goes in our favor", Anaheim police spokesman Sgt. Daron Wyatt said. Officials say the fire that started Monday is consuming the un-burnt brush left by the first wildfire.

Two evacuation centers were established in Anaheim: East Anaheim Community Center, 8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, and the Downtown Anaheim Youth Center, 225 S. Philadelphia St. MORE: Full list of evacuation orders, road closures for Canyon Fire 2Gov.

Katella High School in Anaheim and El Modena High School in Orange were open overnight to evacuees overnight.

The resort is around 10 miles away from Anaheim Hills, where thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate as winds quickly spread the risky brush blaze. Anyone with large animals was instructed to take them to the Los Alamitos racetrack.

Tim Donnelly is a former California State Assemblyman and Author, now on a book tour for his new book: Patriot Not Politician: Win or Go Homeless.