Wildfires burn along Orange County freeway – NBC Los Angeles



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Multiple brush fires in an unincorporated green belt area on the Laguna Beach border caused the closure of the San Joaquin Hills toll road in both directions near the Laguna Expressway on Wednesday.

The Orange County Fire Authority was first alerted to the bushfires around 3:30 p.m. along the southbound toll road just west of the Laguna Expressway, OCFA captain Sean Doran said .

There were three separate fires “along this area within 300 yards of each other,” Doran said.

“There was a small point fire that we walked through on the north side, but we made it a priority drop,” and it was quickly extinguished, Doran said.

A fire has taken place along the Newport coast, he said.

“We have made significant progress” in extinguishing the fires, Doran said around 5 p.m. Firefighters are “collectively making good progress” with air drops and ground crews with bulldozers.

The progress of the fires was halted around 5:30 p.m. after burning about eight acres, OCFA said.

Firefighters were to stay on the scene overnight to extinguish the remaining hot spots.

There was no immediate information of structural damage or injuries and investigators were on the scene to determine the cause of the fires, OCFA reported.

The fires have burned down in some of the hottest conditions of the year in Southern California.

Temperatures in the Laguna Hills area were in the low 80s with calm winds.

Nearly 3,000 fires have burned more than 14,000 acres this year in California. As of mid-June 2020, more than 2,300 fires have burned more than 15,000 acres in a record year for California wildfires.



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