Brush Fire in Irvine Area Near 241 Toll Road Burns 155 Acres


IRVINE (CNS) - A brush fire burning near the 241 Tollway in Irvine today has scorched 155 acres and is 30 percent contained today, authorities said.

The spread of the fire has been halted and no structures were threatened and only a single firefighter injury resulted from the blaze, which broke out just before 4:50 p.m. Monday near the toll road and Santiago Canyon Road, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

The injured firefighter was taken to a hospital for treatment of a minor injury, the OCFA reported.

About 300 firefighters were on the ground battling the fire at one point, aided by crews in eight helicopters and six air tankers, Concialdi said. About 200 firefighters were deployed today, the OCFA reported.

There had been concern that the blaze would jump Santiago Canyon Road, and firefighters worked to head it off before it reached the thoroughfare, OCFA Capt. Tony Bommarito said.

The blaze didn't threaten the tollway, but northbound lanes were closed nonetheless, Bommarito said.

All roads, including Santiago Canyon Road and the 241 Tollway, have been reopened, Concialdi said.

Firefighters remained on scene building containment lines through the night and dousing hot spots within the burn area perimeter. A helicopter was on standby if needed today.

Wind wasn't much of a factor, but the fire was fueled by a great deal of dry brush, Concialdi said.


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