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By Kim Harris
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UPDATED: Murrieta brusher reported along I-215

 

Last updated 8/20/2018 at 10am

UPDATE: Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m.

A fast-moving brush fire reported along Interstate 215 Sunday afternoon was contained in about seven hours, according to an incident report issued by Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

Cal Fire/Riverside County Firefighters, with the assistance of Murrieta Fire & Rescue, responded to the brusher, dubbed the Keller Fire at Scenic View Drive and Keller Road in the unincorporated Murrieta area at 3:53 Sunday, Aug. 19.

The first arriving engine company reported 2 acres burning in medium brush, said Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Spokeswoman Tawny Cabral.

Ninety firefighters, one helicopter, 13 engine companies, one truck company, two bulldozers, two fire crews and two air tankers responded to the 9 acre brusher, which was contained at 11:5 p.m. the same day.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Cabral said.

No other injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered.

UPDATE: Aug. 19, 6:35 p.m.

Firefighters are making good progress on a wildfire first reported at 3:53 p.m. in an unincorporated area of Murrieta, according to an incident report issued by Cal Fire Riverside County Fire Department.

The blaze, dubbed the Keller Fire, was initially two acres in size and spreading at a moderate rate of speed. Current size of the blaze, at Scenic View Drive and Keller Road, is reported to be 10 acres.

Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Spokeswoman Tawny Cabral said that one firefighter was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital with a non-life threatening injury. No other injuries have been reported.

All aircraft have been released, Cabral said.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation and no homes are threatened at this time.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 19, 5 p.m.

A fast-moving brush fire reported along Interstate 215 earlier this afternoon is now at 5 acres according to an incident report issued by Cal Fire Riverside County Fire Department.

Cal Fire/Riverside County Firefighters, with the assistance of Murrieta Fire & Rescue, responded to the brusher, dubbed the Keller Fire at Scenic View Drive and Keller Road in the unincorporated Murrieta area.

The blaze was first reported to the California Highway Patrol at 3:53 p.m., according to the CHP live incident feed.

Traffic on I-215 is backed up to Newport Road due to the shut down of Lane No. 3 from Scott Road to Loma Linda.

The first arriving engine company reported 2 acres burning in medium brush, said Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Spokeswoman Tawny Cabral.

Currently 90 firefighters, one helicopter, 13 engine companies, one truck company, two bulldozers, two fire crews and two air tankers are fighting the blaze.

Smoke and flames from the fire can be seen from Scott and Briggs roads, according to the CHP.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation and no homes are threatened at this time.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A fast-moving brush fire was reported along Interstate 215 earlier this afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fire, first reported at 3:53 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19, is visible from the Interstate almost directly across from Loma Linda Hospital, according to reports on various social media pages.

Upon arriving on the scene, CHP officers reported the entire mountain on fire.

Officials on the scene are currently requesting the closure of lane No. 3, according to the CHP live incident feed.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

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