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Ember from earlier blaze sparked destructive California fire

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Southern California authorities have announced the causes of two destructive fires that sent crews scrambling to protect neighborhoods in suburban canyons this fall.

Anaheim Fire and Rescue Chief Randy Bruegman said Monday that the first blaze in late September began with an accidental shrub fire along a freeway near Corona. Flames scorched about 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) of brush.

Breuegman says the second fire in early October started from a smoldering oak ember from the first blaze. That fire grew to more than 14 square miles (36 square kilometers) destroyed some 25 structures and forced more than 15,000 residents to evacuate.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors launched an investigation into whether fire officials did not respond to the blaze aggressively enough. Bruegman said protocols are under review.

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