Red Flag Warning For High Winds in Orange County

Helicopters and firefighters from three areas were called to put out the fire in Brea this morning. Photo courtesy of Ken Steinhardt of the O.C. Register.

It may be getting colder in the mornings, but that doesn’t mean wildfires aren’t still a danger. In fact, we’ve had Santa Ana winds lately, and those dry winds combined with the sun-dried hillsides in parts of Orange County are prime for wildfire action.

Case in point: This morning a brush fire burned about five acres in a Brea oil field near Valencia Avenue and Rose Drive this morning. Fortunately it has been contained, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. Officials received multiple calls about the fire at about 9 a.m., which was first reported to be about 200 square feet in size and moving north. Firefighters from the Brea-Fullerton Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Authority, and Orange County Fire Authority responded to the wind-driven grass fire.

Although electricity lines were down in the oil field where the fire burned, it has not been confirmed that sparks from the lines started the blaze, said Captain Marc Stone of the OCFA. The Red Flag warning regarding strong winds had already been issued in Orange County by the time firefighters had started to stop the spread of the fire. The firefighters were concerned it would be difficult to put out the fire, and that the winds would cause it to spread quickly and threaten nearby homes.

Officials considered evacuating a tract of homes along Rose Drive, according to Sergeant Jim Griffin of the Brea Police Department, but did not start that process as firefighters gained the upper hand on the blaze. And although one structure was threatened, thankfully none were damaged.

The Red Flag warning is expected to continue in Orange County until 6 p.m. this evening, with the Santa Ana winds blowing strong and temperatures up into the 80s. Orange County residents know that’s perfect wildfire weather, so keep your eyes open for anything suspicious today. As we know, in past years arsonists have started many fires in Southern California that have destroyed both homes and lives.

If your Orange County home has been damaged by smoke or fire, please call us now for an estimate. We only use the latest equipment in order to bring your home back to exactly how it was before the damage, and that equipment allows us to do that in the most affordable way.

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