Disneyland has eerie orange glow as wildfires burn miles away

Smoke is seen from a vegetation fire that ignited in the Anaheim Hills area on Monday Oct. 9 2017

Multiple freeway closures are still in effect in Orange County as the Canyon 2 fire in Anaheim Hills grew to 7,500 acres overnight. By late afternoon, ash from the fire was falling as far away as Long Beach and San Pedro.

Officials have not confirmed the number of homes lost, however, Los Angeles media flying over the scene have broadcasted several homes on fire. As of 3:30 p.m. October 9, the fire is 0 percent contained, according to the Orange County Fire Authority's website.

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.

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.

City officials could not immediately say how many people are affected, but at least 1,000 homes were evacuated.

Authorities have ordered evacuations of neighborhoods and two elementary schools and shut down heavily traveled freeways.

About 20 people spent the night at El Modena High, where they were served a breakfast of coffee, donuts and fruit. A rep for Disneyland did not immediately return a request for comment, but it appears that the park, which is about 15 miles from the fire, remains open as usual.

Residents who gathered at emergency shelters and grocery stores said they were shocked by the speed and ferocity of the flames.

Orange County, which includes Anaheim, also struggling with a growing brush fire.

Firefighters protect a structure off in Calistoga, California.

"We want you back in your homes as soon as possible", Wyatt said.

The 241 was closed in both directions between the 91 Freeway and Chapman Avenue/Santiago Canyon Road.

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