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Two school districts in Orange County and several schools from North Tustin to Long Beach called off after-school athletics Monday, Oct. 9, because of the Canyon Fire 2.
Orange Unified School District, which includes Orange, El Modena, Canyon and Villa Park high schools, cancelled all sports after being engulfed by smoke and ash from the blaze.
“It’s a mess,” Canyon football coach Mike Ogas said. “It looks like everything (the smoke) is going right over the school.”
Classes and all sports activities for Tuesday, Oct. 10, were canceled at three area high schools – El Modena, Tustin and Foothill. Beckman, which is in Irvine, canceled all games and practices for its sports teams.
Villa Park athletic director Tom Fox said the smoke and ash from the fire hit his campus “in the teeth” late Monday morning.
“It’s coming right at us,” he said of the smoke and ash. “The sun looks orange.”
The fire in Anaheim Hills burned 4,000-5,000 acres, prompted evacuations and damaged at least six homes.
El Modena, not far from the evacuated Orange Park Acres, and Katella were designated by the Red Cross as evacuation centers. The Red Cross established a center in the El Modena gym.
“It’s orange outside,” El Modena football coach Matt Mitchell said in a text message. “It’s pretty bad. .. Everyone is inside and wearing (paper) masks outside.”
As of Monday night, only a few schools had announced plans to cancel practices or games, but there could be many more made Tuesday morning.
Orange football coach Robert Pedroza said visibility was difficult on his campus because of the smoke.
“The smoke is really bad,” he said in a text message. “We have to stay inside. … It’s hard to see for a long distances through the smoke.”
Orange athletic director Alicia Seevers said the air quality also was poor.
“It’s really bad,” she said. “It’s dark and really windy. When you look toward Anaheim Hills you can see a patch of blue sky but just to the north you can see fire.”
The Placentia-Yorba Linda district cancelled outdoor activities after school.
Yorba Linda football coach Jeff Bailey planned to practice in the gym because of the smoke but earlier wondered about the wind.
“If the winds change,” he said, “we’ll be screwed.”
Foothill in North Tustin also called off all outdoor sports, said Doug Case, Knights football coach and athletic director.
Fullerton’s football team spent its afternoon in the gym, weight room and film study.
Smoke from the fire also affected after-school sports in Los Alamitos and Long Beach. Long Beach Wilson’s football team also practiced in the gym.
Monday’s updates on the Canyon 2 Fire:
After-school sports shut down
Two major Orange County school districts — Orange and Placentia-Yorba — and schools from Anaheim to Fullerton called off practices Monday, Oct. 9, because of the smoke from the Canyon Fire 2.
El Modena High has been designated as an evacuation center.
“It’s a mess out here,” said Orange football coach Robert Pedroza. “The smoke is really bad and it’s hard to see for long distances through the smoke.”
Orange County schools such as Fullerton, Yorba Linda and Foothill moved practices indoors.
…El Modena High @ 3920 Spring Street has been activated by the Red Cross as an evacuation center for the community.
— Orange Unified SD (@OrangeUnifiedCA) October 9, 2017
Orange Unified update
The Orange Unified School District has suspended its afternoon sports in the wake of the Canyon Fire 2, Villa Park athletic director Tom Fox said.
The school district includes Villa Park, El Modena, Orange and Canyon high schools.
Fox said classes at Villa Park High remain in session.
“We’re going completely dark with athletics,” he said.
Others schools in North Orange County have made similar moves. Yorba Linda and Fullerton moved their football practices indoors to gym and weight room because of the smoke from the fire, which is burning up to 2,000 acres, forcing evacuations and damaging at least six homes.
Fox said the smoke and ash from the nearby fire are hitting the Villa Park campus “in the teeth.”
“It’s coming right at us,” Fox said of the smoke and ash. “The sun looks orange.”
‘It’s a mess’ at Canyon High
Canyon High in Anaheim is feeling the effects of the nearby Canyon Fire 2.
“It’s a mess,” Canyon football coach Mike Ogas said late Monday morning, Oct 9. “It looks like everything (the smoke) is going right over the school.”
Ogas said hundreds of parents are lining up in their cars in front of the school to pick up students. He added that some nearby elementary schools have been evacuated.
The coach doubts his football team will practice Monday. Canyon plays El Dorado this week.
Canyon High School Currently NOT under evacuation!
— Canyon High School (@canyoncomanches) October 9, 2017
— Jovana Lara (@abc7jovana) October 9, 2017
Update from Esperanza High: The school sent out this tweet on Monday at 1:40 p.m.
We are closely monitoring the fire. The school is not in danger. Due to poor air quality, all outdoor activities have been cancelled. pic.twitter.com/vwj0oW97fH
— Esperanza Aztecs (@EsperanzaAztecs) October 9, 2017
Update from the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District: This tweet was sent out at 2:15 p.m.:
— PYLUSD (@pylusd) October 9, 2017
Orange High update: Orange High shut down all athletic activities, indoors or outdoors, Monday, according to Orange athletic director Alicia Seevers. The Panthers’ undefeated football team planned to spend its practice time reviewing game film.
“It’s really bad,” Seevers said of the air-quality conditions at Orange. “It’s dark and really windy. When you look toward Anaheim Hills, you can see a patch of blue sky but just to the north you can see fire.”
Brea Olinda High update: Brea Olinda High curtailed much of its athletics activity Monday. Athletic Director Jill Matyuch said by email that the school was considering canceling all sports practices or games but hadn’t as of early afternoon.
-Steve Fryer contributed to this report.