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Corona Skyline fire chars 250 acres, 5 percent contained

 

Last updated 7/20/2018 at 11:28pm

CORONA - Firefighters worked today to clear a ring of vegetation around a 250-acre brushfire that started on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest near Corona and threatened homes, prompting mandatory evacuation orders.

The noninjury Skyline Fire was reported shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Skyline Drive and Burrero Way, near the entrance to a popular hiking spot. By 10 p.m. the fire was 5 percent contained, according to a Corona Fire Department official.

Riverside County Fire Department staff took charge of deploying resources because the blaze started in an unincorporated area, and two dozen engine crews and eight hand crews from the county, Corona, Riverside and the U.S. Forest Service converged on the location, with 240 personnel working to contain the fire, according to a county fire department spokeswoman. The Corona Fire Department assumed command of the blaze at 8 p.m.

A house on Trudy Way was in the path of the fire, and crews established a protective shield around the property, sparing it from damage, according to reports from the scene. Other properties were threatened by the flames, leading officials to issue a mandatory evacuation order for the Orchard Glen Community housing development.

Most evacuations were lifted as of 10 p.m. but officials said mandatory evacuation orders remained for the 1400 block of Burrero Way, Burnett Circle, Folson Circle, Brannon Circle and Gareth Circle and the 3500 block of Rawley Street. Returning residents were asked to park in their driveways and keep all vehicles out of the streets.

Evacuees were directed to shelter at Corona High School or another safe location.

Corona police shut down Foothill Parkway between Elysia Street and Paseo Grande to prevent traffic from interrupting firefighting efforts.

Six air tankers and three water-dropping helicopters were making runs on the wildfire, which was spreading through vegetation at a moderate rate amid light winds, county officials said. Some water drops were expected to continue through the night.

Smoke could be seen from the Riverside (91) Freeway to the north and Interstate 15 to the east, initially prompting multiple calls to the California Highway Patrol.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY:

CORONA - A wildfire erupted today on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest near Corona, prompting mandatory evacuation orders as the flames raced through dry timber.

The non-injury blaze was reported shortly after 3 p.m. in the area of Skyline Drive and Burrero Way, near the entrance to a popular hiking spot, according to the Corona Fire Department.

The fire spread across 20 acres within an hour, and by late afternoon it was being estimated by Cleveland National Forest officials at 50 to 75 acres.

Because the area is technically part of unincorporated Riverside County, the county fire department took command at the scene. More than two dozen engine crews from the county, Corona, Riverside and the U.S. Forest Service converged on the location, with 230 personnel working to contain the brusher, according to a county fire department spokeswoman.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents in the Orchard Glen community on Trudy Way, Folson Circle, Brannan Circle, Burrero Way, Rawley Street, Burnett Circle, Elker Road, Corbett Street, Gareth Circle and Fanning Circle as the fire continued to spread.

Corona police shut down Foothill Parkway between Elysia Street and Paseo Grande to prevent traffic from interrupting firefighting efforts.

Six air tankers and three water-dropping helicopters were summoned to make runs on the wildfire, which was spreading through vegetation at a moderate rate amid light winds, according to county officials.

Smoke could be seen from the Riverside (91) Freeway to the north and Interstate 15 to the east, prompting multiple calls to the California Highway Patrol.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

 

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