Brush Fire Burns Near Orange-Riverside County Line

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST (CBS) — A brush fire has scorched about 10 acres Thursday in eastern Orange County and is threatening remote campground structures in the Cleveland National Forest.

The fire broke out about noon in the Long Canyon area of the forest, west of the Ortega (74) Highway, near the Riverside County line, forest spokesman Jake Rodriguez said.

At least one law-enforcement officer on the scene suffered an unknown type of heat-related injury.

The fire is being driven by fuel and topography, he said.

Two water-dropping helicopter crews, two air tankers and one attack plane are battling the blaze.

The blaze was burning generally westward on both sides of Long Canyon Road near the Blue Jay Campground. Rodriguez said some structures were being threatened at the El Cariso hot-shot camp and the Los Pinos conservation camp, but there were no people in the area.

“It’s burning away from El Cariso Village for the most part, more toward the interior of the National Forest,” he said.

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