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Vegetation fire in Aguanga up to 80 acres, 60% contained

 

Last updated 7/21/2019 at 4:01pm

Courtesy of Tina Lile

A brush fire in Aguanga broke out on Tuesday, July 16.

AGUANGA - A grass fire broke out today on the east end of Aguanga, blackening over 75 acres in an hour but not immediately threatening any homes or other structures.

By 2:20 p.m., firefighters estimated the fire to have spread to 80 acres, but the rate of spread had been slowed and by 3:45 p.m. the fire was announced to be 40% contained.

At 5:35 p.m., Cal Fire said the blaze was 60% contained and firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night working on full containment.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 12:45 p.m. in the area of Lake Riverside Drive and state Route 371, near the Cahuilla Indian Reservation, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

An agency spokeswoman said 15 engine crews and two hand crews -- numbering almost 100 personnel -- were sent to the location and encountered flames burning through light grass, in an open field.

Two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter were called in to make runs on the blaze.

It was not immediately clear how the fire started.

 

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