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O.C. brush fire spreads in hills near Irvine park [Updated]

July 4, 2010 |  5:07 pm

A brush fire reported to the Orange County Fire Authority on Sunday afternoon spread to consume at least 10 acres in little more than an hour, spurring deployment of more than 100 firefighters and a fleet of aircraft, officials reported.

There were no immediate reports of containment of the blaze near Irvine Park, said fire authority spokesman Greg McKeown.

"We have at least 100 firefighters on the ground and the number is growing. We're getting more requests," said McKeown, adding that both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters were on the scene.

[Updated 6:39 p.m.: The wildfire has spread to at least 100 acres, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The blaze was 15% contained, they said.]

The area where the fire broke out was undeveloped, but McKeown said officials weren't sure whether any people or structures in the nearby park area were threatened.

Fire officials throughout the Southland expressed concern about the potential for brush fires being set off by fireworks ignited by the Fourth of July by revelers. In Los Angeles County, fire officials dispatched 13 extra brush fire patrols to parched areas considered particularly vulnerable to sparks from fireworks. 

-- Carol J. Williams

Photo: People watch from Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange as helicopters fight a brush fire in the hills near Irvine Park. Credit: John W. Adkisson / Los Angeles Times