Brush Fire Flares in Orange County

posted by Alan McBride - 

A brush fire in the Wedgefield area of Orange County kept fire crews busy and forced the evacuation of ten homes Friday.

The evacuations, according to authorities, were precautionary steps taken as the fire seemed to be getting uncomfortably close to the residential area at one point.

According to Orange County Fire-Rescue officials, the blaze was first reported early in the afternoon. 

At one point it had reached the size of 100 acres, but officials say that they were able to get the blaze firmly under control by late in the afternoon.

Fire Rescue officials said they had 33 units on scene to deal with the fire, and were reporting solid progress in combating it.

Officials said they kept a couple of units on scene for fire watch, an insurance policy against any possible flare-ups.

Weather and fire officials note that brush fires such as the one Friday are no surprise for the region, which dealt with a dry February and which could be facing more dry weather ahead.

The quick response, which is par for the course for Orange County, helped keep this brush fire from blazing into something more dangerous.

It also served as a good practice run for the fire season ahead.

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