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By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

Firefighters making progress on Temecula-area fires

 

Last updated 5/6/2018 at 10:05am

Update: 10 a.m., May 6, 2018

Firefighters have contained one of two Temecula-area fires and have nearly contained another, according to updates from fire officials.

The Woodchuck fire, reported about 5:36 p.m. Friday in Temecula Valley Wine Country, was fully contained on Saturday. The fire was initially thought to have burned about 26 acres, but fire officials revised that number to 15 acres.

The Tornado fire, burning in the unincorporated, hilly community of De Luz, was about 85 percent contained, according to a Saturday evening update. That fire's size was also revised, from 75 acres to 70 acres.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Update: 10:32 a.m., May 5, 2018

Two fires which began Friday in the Temecula area were mostly contained by the following morning, according to fire officials.

The 75-acre Tornado fire, burning in the unincorporated community of De Luz, was 75 percent contained and the 26-acre Woodchuck fire burning in Temecula Valley Wine Country was 90 percent contained according to updates from a fire department spokeswoman.

The fires broke out within hours of each other late Friday afternoon.

The Tornado fire was first reported about 2:48 p.m. Friday in an orchard in the 28000 block of Via Santa Rosa and burned slowly through surrounding acreage.

The Woodchuck fire was reported a little less than three hours later on Highway 79 and Woodchuck Road and consumed far less acreage before firefighters got a handle on it.

It wasn't immediately clear Saturday what caused the two fires.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Original story:

Firefighters have gotten the upper hand on two fires burning near Temecula, one in the unincorporated community of De Luz and another burning in Temecula Valley Wine Country.

The 70-acre Tornado fire, which was reported about 2:48 p.m. Friday in the 28000 block of Via Santa Rosa, was 65 percent contained as of Friday evening, according to a final update from the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

Another fire in Temecula Valley Wine Country, the 24-acre Woodchuck Fire, was about 60 percent contained. That fire was reported around 5:36 p.m. Friday on Highway 79 near Woodchuck Road.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

 

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