CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST (CBSLA.com) — At least two cabins were destroyed as brush fires burned in Holy Jim Canyon Wednesday night, authorities said.
Officials were first notified of the fires at 6:04 p.m. and crews snuffed the flames 45 minutes later, according to Captain Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority said.
One hundred firefighters were called to scene.
Joseph Banulos said he was off-roading with friends near Holy Jim Falls when a man ran up to him and told him a cabin was on fire. Banulos said he called 911 and took cell phone video of the cabin fully engulfed in flames.
“We drove by to see how big it was, because we had water in my friend’s truck and there was not enough water,” he said. “The whole cabin was on fire by the time we got there.”
Banulos said the man and his dog got out of the cabin safely. The Orange County Fire Authority confirmed two cabins burned to the ground.
Two brothers who were also off-roading in the area caught dramatic cell phone footage of one cabin burning down.
Nick and Alex Gladden spotted the cabin on fire and went to help the owner.
“We went over there to check to see if he had gotten out and he had,” Alex Gladden said. “He wanted to keep on going back and that’s when we were grabbing him telling him ‘we gotta go man, this thing could blow up’ because there were propane tanks there.”
The man made it out of his home safely.
No evacuations were ordered and no one was injured, according to authorities.
Fire engines and water tenders will remain in the area overnight.
“The fire is under control,” said Concialdi. “Our firefighters are going to be out here all night long and tomorrow keeping the fire in check and making sure there’s no hotspots and it doesn’t extend into the vegetation.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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