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Raging brush fire shrouds Orange County and Long Beach in smoke

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Up to 7,500 acres had burned by Monday afternoon

View of haze over Downtown Long Beach
Ash from the fire rained down on Long Beach Monday afternoon.
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Editor's Note: This post was originally published October 9, 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.

A quick-moving brush fire fueled by Santa Ana winds broke out in the Anaheim Hills Monday morning and grew overnight to 7,500 acres, according to Anaheim Fire and Rescue.

About 1,100 firefighters are now battling the blaze, known as Canyon Fire 2. It is 5 percent contained, and about 3,000 homes are under threat. Fire officials estimate that at least 24 homes in the area have burned.

The winds helped to shroud much of Orange County and bordering parts of Los Angeles County in smoke. By late Monday afternoon, ash from the fire was falling as far away as Long Beach and San Pedro.

Social media posts show an apocalyptic-looking scene at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, where smoke and haze descended over familiar rides and attractions.

Meanwhile, deadly fires are ravaging the North Bay, with as many as 15 blazes burning around Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Napa. So far, they have killed at least 10 people, destroyed 1,500 structures, and scorched more than 65,000 acres.

Do you live close to the Canyon 2 Fire? Here’s what to know:

  • With between 3,000 and 4,000 residents potentially impacted, mandatory evacuations have been ordered in several areas around the fire (detailed in the map below).
  • Shelters for evacuated residents have been set up at Downtown Anaheim Youth Center, East Anaheim Community Center, and El Modena High School.
  • The South Coast Air Quality Management District has released a smoke advisory for most of central and northern Orange County, as well as southern and coastal parts of Los Angeles County. It’s effective until Tuesday morning.
  • According to the AQMD, those in areas affected by the smoke should avoid any strenuous outdoor activities and older adults, children, and anyone with a respiratory condition should remain indoors.
  • If you’re feeling the effects of the smoke, close all windows and doors and, if you have an air conditioner, keep it running.

Here’s a look at areas most affected by the blaze:

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