Originally posted at 5:18 p.m. April 30, 2014. Edited to correct City News Service error.
A wind-driven brush fire that started near the junction of state routes 241 and 133 in Irvine briefly threatened some homes this afternoon.
The blaze broke out about 1:10 p.m. and scorched about three acres as it headed toward a neighborhood. It was contained about an hour later, and no homes were damaged, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Shane Sherwood.
OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi said two of the department's helicopter crews "did an excellent job keeping the fire from growing and the ground forces kept it away from homes."
The brush-cleared perimeter bought firefighters time to help them stop the advance of the flames, Concialdi said.
Seventeen engines and 75 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, he said.
--City News Service