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OC Fire Fighters Use Irvine Regional Park and OC Zoo as Staging Areas to Battle Silverado Fire

OC Parks is reminding residents that Irvine Regional Park and the Orange County Zoo remain closed through midweek to serve as a base for firefighters battling the Silverado Fire. According to OC Parks, “[t]he fire camp is hosting about 1,000 firefighters from throughout the state and various jurisdictions. It’s like a small city with all [...]

Celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Heritage Hill Historical Park this Weekend

This looks like a fun holiday event if you are looking for something to do this weekend:

Meet Some of Orange County’s Most Elusive Residents

One can’t deny the fact that the growth of Orange County has come at the expense of open space and natural ecosystems. And while many animals have adapted to living in the shadow of human development, there are certain animals who are largely not compatible with a human presence. Mountain lions and bobcats are prime [...]