By Allison Jarrell
A brush fire on Sunday, Nov. 13 left more than 50 acres of land burned just north of San Clemente, between San Juan Hills High School and a residential area of San Juan Capistrano.
Shortly after noon on Sunday, Orange County Fire Authority PIO Capt. Larry Kurtz reported a 20-acre brush fire at the 28000 block of Avenida La Mancha was threatening 50 structures. A total of 120 firefighters and two helicopters responded to the fire, which was contained within a few hours. With the threat successfully mitigated, Kurtz said OCFA did not have to issue evacuations.
Kurtz said the brush fire grew to more than 50 acres. After the flames were quelled, firefighters remained on site throughout the afternoon and overnight to monitor the area and ensure no embers or hot spots were left.
Kurtz said Tuesday that OCFA is continuing to investigate the cause of the brush fire, including a vehicle seen in the area prior to the fire.