Firefighters on the ground and in the air battled a destructive wildfire near Anaheim on Monday, the latest in what has emerged as a particularly active fire week across California.
The Canyon Fire 2 started Monday morning in the Anaheim Hills area.
By Tuesday morning, Anaheim Fire & Rescue reported the blaze to be at 7,500 acres. 1,100 firefighters were assigned to the incident, with 14 helicopters and six planes assisting from the air.
It was just 5 percent contained.
— henry 🍂🎃 (@JXETA) October 9, 2017
Shifting winds were top of mind for crews on Tuesday.
Of note, the coastal marine layer that typically brings with it low-lying clouds and higher humidities was apparent Tuesday morning. However, the boundary line was pronounced, and the area of the Canyon Fire 2 was still experiencing single-digit relative humidity levels, courtesy of the Santa Ana Winds.
— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) October 10, 2017
Of course, most of the country’s attention was focused on Northern California, where a series of fires charred upward of 80,000 acres in 18 hours — head over to Wildfire Today for details on that.
A 747 Supertanker was among those resources assisting teams on the ground. By 6 p.m. PDT on Monday the aircraft had conducted six sorties, dropping over 110,000 gallons of retardant mostly in the Napa area. Many other air tankers and helicopters were also very busy slowing down the fires, where possible, with water and retardant.
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) October 9, 2017
By Tuesday, “we’re gonna be as stretched as we can be,” said Steven Beech, an incident commander with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, according to the LA Times.
Napa Valley from 6500' this morning. pic.twitter.com/kJBa3fOnGc
— KenWayne (@KenWayneKTVU) October 9, 2017