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Brush Fire Scorches Hundreds Of Acres Near Brea’s Olinda Village

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BREA (CBS) — Orange County firefighters are battling a fire that has burned hundreds of acres of brush near Olinda Village in Brea.

The non-injury fire broke out north of Carbon Canyon Road about 11:15 a.m., Brea-Fullerton Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe said. No homes were in immediate danger, but firefighters had plans to get residents out of their homes just in case.

Several horse owners rushed to get their horses out of the area at the first sign of smoke.

“Just the smoke inhalation, its really bad for horses,” horse caretaker Lauren Moultrup said. “I’d recommend everyone to take their horse home.”

The fire had scorched about 400 acres and was about 60 percent contained after 8 p.m.

“It is really hot, there is some humidity, so that plays into our favor. And the wind not picking up plays into our favor,” Knabe said. “Hopefully, as the evening comes in, the temperatures will go down a little bit. Unfortunately, a lot of times, the evening comes in, the winds pick up, so that’s an additional threat for us.”

Authorities have closed the roads leading to Olinda Village.

About 100 firefighters from Brea, Fullerton, the Orange County Fire Authority, Los Angeles County, Cal Fire and Chino Valley are battling the blaze. Two helicopters have been deployed to dump water on the flames.

There have been no reported injuries or damage to buildings.

Full containment is expected some time Friday morning.

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