Brush Fire Prompts Evacuation of Fullerton Sports Complex; No Injuries Reported

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Firefighters responded Saturday afternoon after a brush fire broke out near the Fullerton Sports Complex and Brea Dam Recreation Area.


A brush fire burned near the Fullerton Sports Complex on Saturday, April 18, 2015. (Credit: Becca Butler)

The fire was reported about 1:24 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Harbor Boulevard (map), according to a dispatcher with the Fullerton Fire Department.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or structural damage, but the blaze was spreading uphill in the direction of nearby homes, the dispatcher said. St. Jude Medical Center is located just west of the scene.

The Sports Complex was evacuated as a result of the fire, and Fullerton firefighters were "performing structure protection" in the area, the Fire Department said.

They were assisted by 50 firefighters, 10 fire engines, one hand crew and a helicopter from the Orange County Fire Authority, the agency said on Twitter.

News video showed a helicopter making water drops over burning vegetation as fire crews on the ground used hoses to attack the flames.

The size of the blaze and its cause were not immediately known.

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