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Vegetation Fire in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Burns 65 Acres

Laguna Canyon Road was closed Sunday by a brush fire

that broke out in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 12:57 p.m. inside the park, on the west side of Laguna Canyon Road, according to the Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito.

"The fire is inside the park, so we're having access problems now,"

Bommarito said.

About 50 acres have been burned as of 6:40 p.m. and 120 firefighters are working the scene, he said.

The fire was also 60 percent contained, Bommarito said.

The blaze isn't threatening any structures and no injuries have been reported.

The CHP reported Route 133 was closed between Laguna Beach to the San Diego (405) Freeway. And in the middle of that closure area, the offramps from the Route 73 Toll Road to Laguna Canyon and El Toro Road were also closed.

Laguna Canyon Road reopened for outbound traffic only, and was still closed to inbound traffic at El Toro.

Coastal Peak Park at Ridge Park Road and east Coastal Peak is closed due to fire helicopters landing there to assist the brush effort, according to Newport Beach Police.

Ridge Park Road will be closed at Ziani and at east Coastal Peak, police said.

The steep and brushy canyon has been the site of numerous brush fires in past years.

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