Southern California wildfire forces 1,500 to flee homes

LOS ANGELES, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Crews were battling a major Southern California wildfire on Tuesday that has destroyed at least one structure and forced 1,500 people to flee their homes amid high temperatures and gusty winds.

The so-called Canyon Fire, which broke out in the Santa Ana Mountains east of Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, charred more than 2,000 acres by Tuesday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Firefighters battle the Canyon Fire as flames threaten a neighborhood on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Flames and embers swirl around a firefighter battling the Canyon Fire on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Canyon Fire burns on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Traffic backs up along the 91 Freeway as the Canyon Fire burns on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Firefighters look on as the Canyon Fire burns in the hills surrounding a neighborhood on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Firefighter battle the Canyon Fire burns on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 2,000 acres by Monday night, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A firefighter watches the Canyon Fire as it burns near homes on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A firefighting airplane flies over the Canyon Fire burns on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A firefighters battles the Canyon Fire on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Canyon Fire threatens homes on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A firefighter is enveloped in smoke as the Canyon Fire burns in the hills surrounding a neighborhood on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 2,000 acres by Monday night, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Flames and embers from the Canyon Fire swirl around a neighborhood on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A resident prepares to evacuate as flames from the Canyon Fire burns in the hills surrounding a neighborhood on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A firefighter is enveloped in smoke and embers while battling the Canyon Fire on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 2,000 acres by Monday night, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Firefighters battle the Canyon Fire as flames threaten a neighborhood on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Flames from the Canyon Fire threaten a neighborhood on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A firefighting helicopter flies over a burning palm tree as it prepares to make a water drop on the Canyon Fire on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 2,000 acres by Monday night, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Canyon Fire burns in the hills surrounding a neighborhood on September 25, 2017 in Corona, California. The fire charred about 1,500 acres by Monday evening, triggering mandatory evacuations for more than a thousand residents near the Anaheim-Corona border along the 91 Freeway.

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Some 900 firefighters had been called in to protect homes in and around the city of Corona, assisted by water-dropping aircraft and bulldozers, the agency said.

The Canyon Fire erupted during an intense fire season across the U.S. West.

Nearly 41,000 individual wildfires of all sizes have scorched more than 6 million acres in the United States so far this year, well above the 4.2 million acres burned on average over the last 10 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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