Archive for Sunday, February 12, 2006

Firefighters mop up 11,00-acre wildfires

February 12, 2006


— Hot, gusty weather remained a threat Saturday as firefighters mopped up two wildfires that burned through 11,000 acres of dry brushland in southern California.

No homes were threatened.

In Orange County, a 10,854-acre blaze was 93 percent contained and was expected to be completely out by today, said Capt. Steve Miller, of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The U.S. Forest Service has said the blaze apparently was ignited by remnants of a controlled burn conducted Feb. 2 in the Cleveland National Forest. Hundreds of homes were threatened over two days.

The blaze cost $6 million to fight and the final bill may reach $9 million, which the U.S. Forest Service has said it will pay.

In San Diego County, a 35-acre fire that broke out Wednesday near the mountain town of Julian was contained Saturday.

A few fire engines remained on the scene 40 miles northeast of San Diego in case flames flared up in the grass, brush and fallen timber.

Authorities have arrested a 37-year-old man suspected of starting the blaze after he may have camped in the area.


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