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Firefighters contain small brush fire in Orange County

After growing to 5 to 8 acres, a brush fire that broke out today in Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park in south Orange County has been contained, authorities said.

The blaze was contained at 4:12 p.m. after 16 fire engines and two helicopters were dispatched to the 33400 block of Ortega Highway near Verdugo Canyon, an unincorporated area northeast of San Juan Capistrano, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. George Casario.

“The forward spread of the fire has stopped, and now we're just working on extinguishing it and mopping up,” he said.

The fire burned only undeveloped land and no property was damaged, Casario said. It was driven by dry conditions and steep terrain, as there was minimal wind.

—Tony Barboza in Orange County

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