Ash rained on residents on Monday as embers flew into the air after a 6,000-acre wildfire spread throughout the Anaheim Hills, destroying 24 structures and prompting evacuations for hundreds of homeowners.
While many residents obeyed the evacuation orders, numerous people decided to take action by helping firefighters as much as they could. From offering fresh water and meals for the courageous firefighters to getting involved in battling the blaze, some Orange residents stepped up to contribute.
"My sister was affected," Josh Boudreau said. "I just thought it would be great to help out."
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Some homeowners sprayed nearby hot spots with their water hose while others grabbed their shovels to douse small flames with dirt.
"They're little flares," Bordreau said. "We're tryng to put out little things here and there."
One good Samaritan was inspired to do good onto others by recent tragedy.
Tyler Watkins, who helped douse small fires, was at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival when a gunman opened fire on attendants, killing 58 concertgoers and injuring 500 people.
"Right in front row, I saw a lot of stuff," he said. "We're doing what we can to put positivity back in the community."
A thousand firefighters from multiple agencies are currently battling the blaze and have contained the flames by five percent as of 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Some good Samaritans are thinking of keeping their neighborhoods safe, motivating them to help.
"With all the stuff that's been happening around the world, I figured I could help a little bit," Eddie Lugo said. "I'm not thinking about getting out, I'm thinking about helping others - making sure everybody's safe."
The fire, dubbed the Canyon Fire 2, broke out just before 10 a.m. on Monday and spread to 6,000-acres as a wind-driven brush fire.