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Firefighters battle fast-moving Anaheim Hills brush fire

A wind-whipped brush fire destroyed multiple homes in the Anaheim Hills area, and authorities said 1,000 homes were threatened.

The fire was first reported shortly before 10 a.m. near the eastbound 91 Freeway and the 241 interchange. It started off of East Santa Ana Canyon Road, west of Gypsum Canyon and has burned 4,000 acres and at least half a dozen homes. Officials haven't yet determined the cause of the fire.

The cause of the fire, which sparked only about 2 miles away from where the initial Canyon Fire started on September 25, is still under investigation.

The Red Cross shelters set up at Katella High School in Anaheim and the other at El Modena High School in Orange and the OC Fire Department are not accepting donations.

City of Tustin evacuations: Jamboree and Tustin Ranch Road (north of Pioneer).

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

Authorities are closing roads and the highways in the area, however - including parts of the 91, 55, and 241 - so your route to or from the parks might be affected. Evacuations have been ordered for neighborhoods and two elementary schools.

"We don't expect a good turn to our side", Wyatt said about the weather.

The Village at Orange mall, 1500 E. Village Way, was made available as a staging area for residents unable to reach their homes due to the fire, although the mall was not designated an evacuation center. The westbound lanes were closed at the 241 connector, but later reopened.

Santos said the fire moved quickly through the open space behind her house - between time the police knocked on her door and told her she had to evacuate and when she headed out the door.

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