A pair of intentionally set brush fires on Wednesday brought back harrowing memories of the wildfire of 1993, but the latest blazes were contained without injuries or damage to homes.
Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Scott Brown said low winds and high humidity helped keep the fires from spreading beyond 20 acres and reaching the levels seen four years ago, when another arson fire scorched 16,600 acres.
That October 1993 fire, which destroyed 366 homes and caused $400 million in damage, was set in brush just west of Laguna Canyon Road.
Wednesday's fires were set in the same area, one about 10 a.m. at El Toro and Laguna Canyon roads, and one about 1:30 p.m. at Woodland Drive and Laguna Canyon Road, Brown said.