Fullerton-area brush fire burns nearly 80 acres

Posted at 11:57 AM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 14:57:15-04

Christened the Risner fire, a fast-moving vegetation fire has burned an estimated 80 acres in La Habra and Fullerton and was 70 percent contained Wednesday, authorities said.

The flames spread amid dangerously high temperatures in an oil-drilling district on the border of Fullerton and La Habra and threatened some neighborhoods after the fire broke out Tuesday.

Firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority, assisted by Los Angeles County Fire Department colleagues, battled to control the flames, according to OCFA Fire Capt. Steve Concialdi. Fire departments from Brea, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Fullerton and the City of Los Angeles also assisted, he told the Orange County Register.

Fullerton Deputy Fire Chief Julie Kunze said some residents of the area were evacuated, although it was unclear how many homes and residents were affected. According to the Register, a total of 40 homes were evacuated by Fullerton police.

The blaze broke out about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, along Idaho Street about a half-mile south of Imperial Highway, near Risner Way. The brusher burned along both sides of Idaho Street, in a small section of hills surrounded on four sides by housing tracts.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.