A brush fire was reported shortly before noon today, August 1st, in the De Luz area of Murrieta, near the Santa Rosa Plateau west of the I-15 freeway. The blaze spread to over 400 acres within just a a few hours, but with over 200 firefighters on the scene, have made progress toward containment.
The fire originated near Tenaja Road and Via Volcano, and has been named the ‘Volcano’ fire.
The fire was reported 10 percent contained at 4:30 p.m. Cal Fire expects full containment Thursday morning.
In this mostly rural area, many roads were closed and voluntary evacuations were in place. Two homes were reportedly saved from the fire early on.
One structure loss has been confirmed and one firefighter is being treated for minor injuries.
The American Red Cross has established a temporary shelter at Murrieta Valley High School, located at 42200 Nighthawk Way in Murrieta, for residents who wish to evacuate.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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