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Fire leads to closure of Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Crews battled a fire on Sunday, June 5 that prompted the closure of Irvine Regional Park in Orange.

The blaze was reported in the area of Peters Canyon Road at about 12:30 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Greg Barta said. No structures were immediately threatened, and firefighters managed to halt the forward progress by 2:13 p.m.

Nearly 100 firefighters worked to fully contain the fire, Barta said. An OCFA helicopter helped teams on the ground stop its spread.

“We managed to make good headway,” Barta said.

Crews were conducting “mop up” operations and extinguishing hotspots as of 2:25 p.m., Barta said.

The fire grew from a size of 1.5 acres at 1 p.m. to 5 acres by 2 p.m. It had been burning light to moderate brush and moving in a northeast direction before teams managed to gain control of the situation.

The park remained closed until further notice, Barta said. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

Source: Orange County Register

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