A vehicle crashed into a telephone pole and overturned in Orange Thursday morning and sparked a brush fire that burned at least five acres on the north side of Santiago Canyon.
The crash was reported about 3:40 a.m. on northbound State Route 241 near Santiago Canyon Road. The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and sparked a fire on a nearby hillside, the California Highway Patrol said.
“A combination of ground crews and night dropping helicopters are being utilized to fight this fire,” according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
OCFA and Orange firefighters were “getting the upper hand on the fire,” the OCFA said.
Good Samaritans helped pull the driver out, the CHP said.
Santiago Canyon Road from Loma Ridge Road to State Route 241 was closed until at least noon.
At 6:35 a.m., Caltrans reported that Southern California Edison had “de-energized various circuits in North Orange County.”
“This will have impacts to the lighting on SR-241 and SR-261,” Caltrans said in a statement. “Please drive safely and treat any flashing red signals as a stop sign.”
Edison officials said earlier in the week that the utility was considering precautionary power shutoffs to de-energize power lines in danger of being damaged or downed by strong winds, potentially sparking wildfires.
More info on the “public safety power shutoffs” program can be found at www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps.