Crews stop Orange County brush fire that closed Ortega Highway

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Firefighters on Friday evening, Sept. 13, stopped a wildfire in Orange County that prompted the closure of Ortega Highway for several hours.

The blaze, touched off by a vehicle fire, was reported just before 4 p.m. at the edge of the Cleveland National Forest in the area of Rancho Carrillo Road, Orange County Fire Authority said.

Ortega Highway, also known as Highway 74, is a key commuter link between Orange and Riverside counties and was closed in both directions. At 8:17 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said it would reopen the highway at 10 p.m.

No structures were in the flames’ path, said OCFA Capt. Jon Muir.

The fire initially moved quickly uphill in light winds but then slowed down, Muir said. About 30 acres burned before its progress was halted.

Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service also fought the fire.