Brush fire in Anaheim Hills prompts mandatory evacuations

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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.

The brush fire started at about 9:45AM alongside the eastbound Riverside (91) Freeway near the 241 toll road in Anaheim Hills. Officials said the fire was moving rapidly toward the 241 Freeway. "Take everything that you can that will sustain you for the next couple of days".

"We ask that individuals who are experiencing health effects due to the smoke from this fire use their best judgment as to how to respond", Hewitt wrote.

The fire broke out near the 91 Freeway around Gypsum Canyon Road.

The eastbound Imperial Highway, and the eastbound and westbound 91 Freeways have already been shut down. For your safety access to the area is not allowed at his time.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for residents south of the 91, west of the 241, north of Nohl Ranch Road and east of Serrano Avenue, according to Anaheim Fire and Rescue.

Those evacuated were directed to the Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 250 East Center Street, or the Downtown Anaheim Youth Center, 225 South Philadelphia.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park and Irvine Regional Park have been evacuated, and so has Yorba Regional Park so it can be used for firefighters, a county spokeswoman said.

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