Some residents are returning to their homes as firefighters on Tuesday continued to fight the Canyon fire, which scorched 2,000 acres of land, closed roads, damaged some structures and led to the cancellation classes at several schools Tuesday.
“We came back around 11 p.m.,” said Mita Mizan, who lives on Hidden Hills Way just south of Green River Road. “It was very close and very scary. I’ve never seen a fire like this in this area.”
The latest numbers on the fire show it only 5 percent contained, but there had been no update as of 7 a.m. from fire officials.
Mizan and her family — including her husband, mother-in-law and her two sons — fled their home around 8 p.m.
“There were police everywhere and firefighters,” she said Tuesday morning, wrapped in a colorful shawl as she readied to take her 16-year-old for school. “They said it was mandatory we had to leave and my sons wanted to leave so we did.”
Mizan said it was hard to leave her home of nearly 20 years but the heat from the flames that scorched the back yard of her neighbor’s home was enough to get her and her loved ones out the door with only their most important documents and possessions.
About 300 firefighters from around the region, including Cal Fire/Riverside County, Cathedral City, Corona Fire and Los Angeles County Fire, battled the flames through the night and into Tuesday morning.