Homes Evacuated As Wildfire Burns Near Temecula

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Authorities say they have stopped the progress of a wildfire in Riverside County but not before it destroyed 12 structures and forced the evacuation of about 30 homes.

County fire Captain Fernando Herrera says the fire that broke out shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday in the Cleveland National Forest near Temecula has burned 217 acres of brush and burned 12 buildings. It's not immediately clear whether they were homes.

He says one resident suffered minor smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene.

Herrera says the fire is 15 percent contained and firefighters expect to have it surrounded by Sunday morning.

The evacuated homes are along Highway 79, and an evacuation center has opened at Great Oak High School in Temecula.

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