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Cost of Orange County fires tops $150 million

November 20, 2008 |  7:58 am

With scores of expensive homes lost in Orange County, it's no surprise the cost was going to be high. The hardest hit financially is Yorba Linda. From City News Service:

Preliminary estimates of property losses resulting from the Triangle Fire stood at between $125 million and $135 million in Yorba Linda, $17.4 million in Anaheim and $3.5 million in Brea, officials said in remarks published today. The wildfire, which scorched 30,305 acres in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, was 100 percent contained as of noon Wednesday, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The Triangle Fire -- also known as the Freeway Complex Fire -- started near Corona in Riverside County about 9 a.m. Saturday, and strong winds quickly fanned the flames into Orange County, then into parts of San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.

The Times' Christopher Goffard has a gripping account of the first few minutes of the fire.

--Shelby Grad