December 22, 2014
A Southern California wildfire that destroyed eight homes has been fully contained.
Riverside County fire Captain Fernando Herrera says the blaze that consumed 340 acres east of Temecula near Vail Lake was surrounded Sunday night. He says residents have been allowed to return to the approximately 30 homes near Highway 79 that were evacuated Saturday afternoon when the fire broke out.
The fire also destroyed three outbuildings, eight vehicles, two boats and a motor home.
Meanwhile, air crews continued to drop retardant on the massive wildfire burning in the forest north of Los Angeles in anticipation of hot, dry winds moving into the area this week.
The arson-caused fire, which erupted Aug. 26, was 93 percent contained. It has destroyed 89 homes, caused two firefighter deaths and scorched nearly 281 square miles.
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