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Fire Burns Above Coto de Caza—For an Afternoon

Firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority make short work of the blaze, which consumed 5-8 acres of the foothills near Van Gogh Way.

Firefighters made relatively short work of a small wildfire that burned above Coto de Caza on Saturday afternoon.

About 100 firefighters fought the blaze, which was reported at 2:30 p.m. near Van Gogh Way above the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club. Despite the proximity to residential structures, Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Greg McKeown said no homes were threatened.

By 5 p.m., some of the 10 engines were being released from the scene. Still, onlookers could see red emergency vehicles snaked along the ridge. All told, 10 engines, three hand crews and a couple of patrol units were involved in the effort, McKeown said.

The fire burned between five and eight acres. By 6 p.m., McKeown said firefighters were "mopping up." There was still smoldering on the hillside, and it probably would be well into the night before it was considered contained. He said that in order for a fire to be considered contained, and crews must dig a dirt line around it.

"For the most part, it's out," McKeown said.

Scott Huguenin May 22, 2011 at 02:49 PM
I heard a loud sound from a helicopter in my backyard (we live on the south course) and was surprised when I saw it was a fire helo. Going out the front door the cloud of smoked looked ominous, but thanks to the outstanding and rapid response of the OCFA the "appearance" was worse than reality. Watching the fire helo go back and forth seemed to be a great treat for many!
Kelli Kretzschmar May 22, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Anyone know how it started?
Snooki Schmooki May 24, 2011 at 04:07 PM
One of the hotheads from Real Housewives must've finally spontaneously combusted
Snooki Schmooki May 24, 2011 at 04:08 PM
maybe the friciton from all the egos in Coto rubbing together made some sparks

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