Report of Smoke and Fire in Great Park




The scene looking over the Great Park at 5:10 p.m. Sunday.

The scene looking over the Great Park at 5:10 p.m. Sunday., shortly after sunset.  Posted to Facebook by Shahina Khan and used with permission.

The photo above shows a few over the Great Park shortly before sunset today.  We will be following this story as additional reports come through on Facebook.

More than a dozen fire trucks were reported congregating at the Park before 4:45 p.m.

One witness reported “a big column of black smoke coming out as if a tornado or twister hit the area.”  The smoke was reportedly visible from the 73/405.

Informed speculation based on the placement of checkpoints is that it is one of the Five Point projects near Sand Canyon Blvd.

Five Point, associated with the developer Lennar, purchased most of the Great Park from the City of Irvine in 2013.  It has been embroiled in controversy since then with advocates who have gotten legislation passed to build a Veterans’ Cemetery on one of the parcels it did not buy.  That project has since been opposed by homeowners who say that they are concerned that the presence of a cemetery will lower their property values.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)