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Fire near Anaheim Hills 15% contained, 60 acres burned

November 25, 2009 |  8:57 am

A wind-driven fire near Anaheim Hills has consumed 60-plus acres as more than 200 firefighters work to keep it from reaching homes.


The fire was 15% contained as of 8:20 a.m. No structures were burned and there were no evacuations, said Tasha Schilling, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Fire Authority. The 241 Toll Road was closed, but it reopened shortly before 6 a.m., according to the CHP.

The fire was reported at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, prompting Los Angeles County fire officials to dispatch a Firehawk helicopter, similar to the military's Blackhawk, for night water drops. Two water-dropping helicopters, one from L.A. County, the other from Orange County, remain on scene.

Orange County fire officials were concerned that dry, hot winds could push the fire toward homes. Winds at 15 to 25 mph from the northeast were pushing the fire south, away from developments in Orange and the Anaheim Hills. But so far, crews have been able to confine the flames to the east side of the toll road. Officials were concerned the fire would have a straight shot at homes if it jumped the 241.

"It's got some potential to spread," said Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion of the Orange County Fire Authority. "We want to keep it to the east side of the toll road because the threat is on the west side."

Flames were a couple of miles from the nearest structures, but residents were advised to have escape plans in case they have to leave, said Capt. Greg McKeown of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for Orange County and other regions of Southern California. Winds were expected to gust as high as 50 mph, with relative humidity in the single digits, the weather service said.

-- Baxter Holmes

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