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Wildfire Halfway Contained In Temecula

Two wildfires burning in close proximity near Temecula were about 50 percent contained at midday, with full containment expected Tuesday evening, a fire captain said.

Both blazes were in the general area of Rancho Vista and Rancho California roads and had burned about 200 acres each since breaking out late last night for unknown reasons, according to Capt. Fernando Herrera with the Riverside County Fire Department.

With about 230 firefighters at the scene, Herrera said full containment of the blazes was expected by 6 p.m., and full control was expected Wednesday evening.

Authorities asked about 100 residents who voluntarily left their homes to stay away from the burn area.

Despite the voluntary evacuations, Herrera said none of about 175 homes in the area had been threatened as of midday, and there were no reports of injuries.

A smaller two-acre fire in the area was fully contained earlier.

Herrera said residents near Via Barranca and Sycamore Mesa, Via Santa Rosa and Via Vaquero, Via La Paz and Via Vaquero and some areas of Via Santa Rosa and Sandia Creek were asked to voluntarily evacuate to the Temecula Recreation Center at 30875 Rancho Vista Road after the blazes broke out about 11 Monday night.

“About 100 people evacuated,” Herrera said, adding officials were asking those residents to stay put and not return to their homes while firefighters worked to knock down the blazes.

Downed power lines in the area were also reported, according to county fire officials.

KESQ News Team

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