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By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

UPDATE: Patterson fire in Winchester, more than 1,200 acres in size, is 100 percent contained

 

Last updated 5/18/2018 at 11:39pm

The 200-acre Patterson fire sends a large plume of smoke into the air, visible from the French Valley airport. Kim Harris photo.

Final Update at 6:50 p.m. - Friday, May 18

The Patterson fire in Winchester is 100% contained, final acreage 1,261, according to an update from fire officials.

Update at 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 18

The Patterson fire in Winchester was almost fully contained and evacuation orders had been lifted Friday, according to an update from fire officials.

The blaze had scorched roughly 1,261 acres but was 85 percent contained as of 9 a.m. Friday.

It was reported about 2:19 p.m. Thursday in the 34000 block of Rawson Road and quickly consumed hundreds of acres of brush and sent a large plume of smoke into the air.

One structure was destroyed and six homes were under evacuation orders when the fire was at its peak.

By early evening firefighters began getting a hold on the blaze and announced 20, and later 40 percent containment.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Update at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17

The Patterson fire in Winchester had burned through an estimated 1,261 acres by Thursday evening, but firefighters were making progress on getting the blaze contained.

The fire was at 40 percent containment, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Tawny Cabral.

Evacuation orders were still in effect for about six homes located along Hidden Falls and Vista roads.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Update at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 17

A fire that began south of Diamond Valley Lake in Winchester Thursday afternoon had consumed more than 800 acres by early evening but was 20 percent contained, according to fire officials.

Homes along Hidden Falls and Vista road remain under evacuation from the Patterson fire, wrote Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Tawny Cabral.

The fire was reported at 2:19 p.m. and has burned through hundreds of acres over only a few short hours. It has destroyed what firefighters described as a structure.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Update at 4:45 p.m., Thursday, May 17

A wildfire burning in the hills of Winchester had grown to about 300 acres, destroyed one structure and prompted the evacuation of six homes by late Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.

The Riverside County Fire Department was mounting an aggressive attack against the Patterson fire that included 94 firefighters, 23 engine companies, seven air tankers and three helicopters.

The blaze, reported about 2:19 p.m., quickly consumed hundreds of acres and sent up a large plume of smoke visible from surrounding communities.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Update at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 17

A fire burning in Winchester on Thursday had grown to 200 acres in size and was zero percent contained a little less than two hours after it was reported.

An air tanker drops fire retardant over the flames from the Patterson fire in Winchester on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Video courtesy of Robert Carter, Public Safety Incidents.

The blaze, dubbed the Patterson fire, was reported about 2:19 p.m. in the 34000 block of Rawson Road.

An increasing number of firefighters were responding to the scene. By about 4 p.m. there were 92 firefighters, 23 engine companies and two helicopters fighting the fire.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Original story

Firefighters on Thursday, May 17, were battling a 25-acre wildland fire in Winchester, fire officials said.

The blaze was reported about 2:19 p.m. in the 34000 block of Rawson Road.

The first firefighters on the scene said the blaze was about eight acres in size.

Fire officials said it had grown to 25 acres later in the afternoon.

About 75 firefighters, two helicopters and 18 engine companies were tending to the blaze.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

 

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