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Blaze erupts in trash pile in De Luz


Last updated 11/13/2018 at 5:13pm

DE LUZ - A fire broke out today in a refuse pile alongside a rural road just west of Temecula on Tuesday, Nov. 13 amid a red flag alert, burning roughly an acre before crews gained the upper hand with the help of water-dropping helicopters.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 4:15 p.m. in the area of Camaron and De Luz roads, in the unincorporated community of De Luz, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

A half-dozen engine crews were sent to the location, and a battalion chief immediately called for air support, at which point two Cal Fire water-dropping helicopters responded from Hemet-Ryan Airport.

Two air tankers were initially summoned, but those crews were sent back to Ramona after it became clear that the flames were confined to space between the roads and would not spread far -- despite easterly winds in excess of 30 mph, according to reports from the scene.

No homes or other structures were threatened.

By 4:45 p.m., the fire was close to 50 percent contained, with full containment expected by 6 p.m.

The cause was under investigation, though witnesses reported that an excavator crew was working at the location and may have struck rocks, causing sparks to land on the debris pile.


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