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Old 07-24-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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How often is Corona affected by Santa Ana fires caused by the Santa Ana winds? What is the intensity of the damage? Any specific areas of Corona more susceptible than others?
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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Yes, the ones by hills.

I don't recall the Corona facing Cleveland National Forest/Santa Ana Mountains ever suffering a major fire within my lifetime, but the drier/grassy hills south of Home Gardens, east of El Cerrito towards Lake Mathews & Riverside can catch on fire, but I don't recall any homes ever being burned down. Corona Hills is almost entirely developed by now, but there are some streets that back to, or dead end to similarly wild hills.

In the past 30 years, Corona has never been burned by something like The Old Fire for example, but every fall, count on seeing and smelling the smoke coming from a random direction (2003 was by far the worst). There was this one (Freeway Complex Fire) in 2008, but that mostly affected Chino Hills State Park, Yorba Linda, and Anaheim Hills.

To be most safe, maybe don't buy a home in the hills.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:09 PM
 
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when growing up in corona i experienced multiple wild fires. i don't think any homes actually burned down, but the hills get very dry in the summer and a small flame can turn into an out of control blaze quite easily.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:40 PM
 
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Freeway Complex fire = 18 homes in Corona damaged/destroyed, all in the Crestridge tract north of the freeway at the Green River off.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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Freeway Complex fire = 18 homes in Corona damaged/destroyed, all in the Crestridge tract north of the freeway at the Green River off.
That the one with the gates?
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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Thanks all. Appreciate the prompt response. Am looking at Standard Pacific development at the end of Foothill pkwy just West of Lincoln, around Elker, Rawley etc.. Any idea if those homes are in danger of being affected by the fires? Should I be concerned?
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:31 PM
 
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That the one with the gates?
The one with the red roofs. It absorbed the brunt of the fire front, allowing the other one to escape harm.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:44 PM
 
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Thanks all. Appreciate the prompt response. Am looking at Standard Pacific development at the end of Foothill pkwy just West of Lincoln, around Elker, Rawley etc.. Any idea if those homes are in danger of being affected by the fires? Should I be concerned?
There is a forested slope East of the development which is inline with the direction of the Santa Ana winds. Anytime you have terrain aligned with wind you have the chance of losing homes due to flaming brands lodging under roofing, getting into attic spaces and setting trees alight that affect the structures. However, the houses are downslope and on the other side of the upslope run the fire would make on the East side, so that helps mitigate things somewhat. Personally, I'd avoid that little section that's surrounded by forest on 3 sides.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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@Fontucky, Ah, bummer.

There is a checkpoint to get in there, they don't let in just anybody. But I was one of those somebody's one time!

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OP, it is possible that those mountains behind the development catch on fire someday. Very beautiful area. Right by the famed Skyline Dr.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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Yes, the ones by hills.

I don't recall the Corona facing Cleveland National Forest/Santa Ana Mountains ever suffering a major fire within my lifetime,
i lived in the area during the 2003 fire. a co-worker's home backed up to the forest but i don't believe any homes were damaged. the lady's husband did take the roof out while trying to chop down a tree with a chain saw though! lol.

Cleveland National Forest was created on July 1, 1908 with the consolidation of Trabuco Canyon National Reserve and San Jacinto National Reserve by President Theodore Roosevelt and named after former president Grover Cleveland. The Cleveland National Forest was the site of both of the largest wildfires in California history, the 2003 Cedar Fire, and the Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889. Both fires widely consumed many sections of the area, and endangered many animal species as well.

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