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Wildfire burns in hills above Winchester, now 50 percent contained


Last updated 8/28/2018 at Noon

WINCHESTER - A wildfire that erupted Monday on a hillside in Winchester burned roughly 36 acres before it was more than half-contained.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 11 a.m. in the 35000 block of Hidden Falls Road, near Rawson Road, a half-mile south of Diamond Valley Lake, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

As of 5 p.m., the fire was 60 percent contained, with full containment expected during the night.

A fire department spokeswoman said 14 engine crews and two hand crews, numbering about 90 personnel, were sent to the location and encountered flames in rugged terrain, not immediately threatening homes or other structures. Two air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter were called in to make runs on the brush fire, slowing its advance until crews could make their way uphill to begin encircling it.

No homes were evacuated in the rural area, where winds were blowing about 5 mph from the south, and temperatures topped out at 92 degrees.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.


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