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The Orange County Fire Authority is still investigating the cause of the Nov. 13 brush fire that scorched more than 50 acres in San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Courtesy of OCFA
The Orange County Fire Authority is still investigating the cause of the Nov. 13 brush fire that scorched more than 50 acres in San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Courtesy of OCFA

By Allison Jarrell

A brush fire on Nov. 13 left more than 50 acres of land burned between San Juan Hills High School and a residential area of San Juan Capistrano.

Shortly after noon on Nov. 13, 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. OCFA did not issue any evacuations.

Kurtz said OCFA is continuing to investigate the cause of the brush fire, including a vehicle seen in the area. According to a Nov. 13 police blotter entry, OCFA was contacted after a “flaming vehicle” was seen on a trail behind San Juan Hills High School.

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