Southern California's Anaheim Hills Brush Fire Now Fully Contained

ANAHEIM HILLS, Calif., Nov. 26 (UPI) — A wind-whipped Southern California brush fire was fully contained Thursday, but firefighters beefed up units because of the warm, dry weather forecast.

The blaze, which broke out Tuesday night in Anaheim Hills, 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles, was initially fanned by 55 mph winds and threatened to jump across State Route 241 and burn toward populated areas, county fire officials said.

But ground crews, aided by water-dropping helicopters, stopped the flames from jumping the highway, the Orange County Fire Authority said.

The blaze charred more than 80 acres. No one was hurt and no houses burned.

The fire’s cause was under investigation, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The fire authority said it would staff each 24-hour shift through Monday with 11 additional firefighters, two water tankers and an on-call “incident management team.”

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