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Irvine Regional Park brush fire sparked by illegal fireworks, authorities say

July 5, 2010 | 11:22 am
A brush fire that broke out Sunday afternoon in Irvine Regional Park was fully contained early Monday morning, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

Illegal fireworks sparked the fire, according to department spokesman Capt. Greg McKeown. Fire investigators are still at the park, he said. Authorities would not describe the type of fireworks thought to be involved.
The blaze burned 75 acres, not 100 acres as previously reported. It never threatened any structures, although it burned near a zoo and a Boy Scouts building. The fire was reported at 3:16 p.m. Sunday at Jamboree Road and Chapman Avenue in Santiago Canyon east of Orange.

Firefighters are continuing to work on putting out the fire and eliminating hot spots, and they expect to have the blaze fully under control by 6 p.m. 

-- Raja Abdulrahim