241 toll road in Orange County expected to reopen on Friday

241 toll road in Orange County expected to reopen on Friday

241 toll road in Orange County expected to reopen on Friday

Canyon Fire 2 in Orange County now stands at 9,217 acres, up from 8,000 acres on Wednesday morning.

Caltrans officials say flames got close enough to the freeway to damage fencing, guardrails, and signs.

Fire officials are inspecting the severity of the damage to determine the cost of repairs and how long it will take to have the road open.

Damage inspection is still ongoing, but residents whose homes were damaged can request a building inspection from the city of Anaheim here.

There still were some road closures Thursday morning: Santa Ana Canyon Road between Woodcrest and Gypsum Canyon roads, as well as parts of the 241 toll road.

Residents returning to their homes were being advised to check their property for fire and water damage to ensure the structure is safe. The massive inferno, which began Monday, has destroyed 13 homes and damaged 21 others while chewing through 9,217 acres, according to Anaheim Fire and Rescue.

Concialdi also urged residents to drive carefully in the affected areas.

Some firefighters were expected to be de-mobilized Wednesday, Concialdi said.

Fire crews reported late Tuesday afternoon that they had built a "solid containment line" along the eastern edge of communities near state Route 241. Fire crews increased the containment figure to 60 percent on Wednesday.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation. The new fire initially broke out near the Riverside (91) Freeway east of Gypsum Canyon Road, near the Coal Canyon flashpoint of September's Canyon Fire, according to the OCFA.

Crews are working around the clock to fix the 241, but officials don't have a specific date for the toll road's re-opening. Three minor injuries have been reported in the fire, including two firefighters who suffered minor smoke inhalation.

Chapman University in Orange was closed Monday and Tuesday due to smoky air from the blaze, but classes resumed today.