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Brush Fire That Destroyed 3 Structures in Lake Irvine Sparked by Mower on Access Road

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Fire crews battled a small brush fire that erupted along State Route 241 in Irvine on July 13, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A fire that started in light grass in Silverado Canyon and quickly spread across drought-parched hillsides was caused by a work crew maintaining an access road, the Orange County Fire Authority said Tuesday.

The fire broke out just before 11 a.m. near Santiago Canyon Road and the California 241 toll road in the unincorporated Silverado Canyon area, fire officials said.

The fire was ignited when a mower on an access road hit something that created a spark, which flew into light grass and launched flames that overtook the hillside, said Capt. Steve Concialdi.

Even though the crew had a water tender with them that sprays the area down to avoid such incidents, the grass was so light and dry that the fire spread too fast, Concialdi said.

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