Southern California Wildfire is 80 Percent Contained

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

 To see how this fire progressed from Thursday, read the following stories:

10 Acre Fire Threatens Homes (Thursday, 2/28/13, 6:49pm)

Southern California Wildfire 40% Contained (Friday, 3/1/13, 1:01pm)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the heavily vegetated Santa Ana River bottom has been held to 311 acres, despite extremely dry conditions and temperatures in the 80s.

Jody Hagemann, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department, says two crews would tend to remaining hot spots Saturday.

Containment was estimated at 80 percent. Firefighters expect to have the fire fully contained by 8 p.m. It has not grown since Thursday night.

At its peak, the fire downed power lines and burned near a residential area, prompting a call for voluntary evacuations.

On Thursday, a backyard trailer went up in flames about a quarter-mile from the fire lines in a neighborhood where embers were flying, but fire officials couldn't immediately say whether the wildfire embers sparked it.

No injuries were reported.


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