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Wildfire near Anaheim Hills should be nearly contained tonight

November 25, 2009 |  3:12 pm

A wind-driven fire near Anaheim Hills has burned 80 acres, and crews expect to have it nearly contained tonight.

The fire was 15% contained this morning, but that number has since risen and officials expect it to reach 90% by 6 p.m., said Polly Bowen, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Fire Authority.

No homes have been evacuated, no structures damaged and no injuries have been reported, Bowen said. There are about 110 firefighters battling the fire, which was reported about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Helicopters had been fighting the blaze through the night and for most of today, but they have been called back.

Orange County fire officials were concerned that dry, hot winds could push the fire toward homes. Winds are gusting at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts of 25 mph expected to continue until Thursday morning, Bowen said.

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 fire authority.

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

-- Baxter Holmes

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