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A helicopter drops water Thursday evening to assist in controlling a 2-acre fire in Laguna Niguel. The fire was visible from the I-5 freeway in San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Allison Jarrell
A helicopter drops water Thursday evening to assist in controlling a 2-acre fire in Laguna Niguel. The fire was visible from the I-5 freeway in San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Allison Jarrell

By Allison Jarrell

Orange County firefighters combated a small brush fire Thursday evening near the border of Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano, according to officials.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said a crew of 85 firefighters and a helicopter quickly contained the flames within a matter of 45 minutes.

The blaze, which was visible in San Juan Capistrano from Interstate 5, was called in at 4:15 p.m. to the OCFA. The initial report was of a half-acre fire in San Juan Capistrano south of Avery Parkway, but firefighters discovered the blaze was actually located on the hills of Laguna Niguel behind a Mercedes-Benz dealership.

Concialdi said firefighters responded aggressively to the nearly 4-acre brush fire, which was contained by 5 p.m. The fire was near a residential area, but the blaze posed no threat to the homes nearby, he said.

There were no injuries and no structures damaged. Concialdi said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined and remains under investigation.

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