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By Kim Harris
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Tenaja Fire chars 1,926 acres in La Cresta and Murrieta


Last updated 9/13/2019 at 3:04am

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Murrieta Firefighters stand guard at Murrieta Fire Station #5 during the Tenaja Fire.

A wildfire that broke out just before 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4, was fully contained earlier this week but not before charring 1,926 acres.

The Tenaja Fire ripped through the La Cresta area, burning parts of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, threatening homes and causing evacuations of hundreds of homes, according to fire officials.

Originally reported as 2,000 acres, the fire's size was revised downward Saturday due to better mapping, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Due to the location of the fire, firefighters were hampered by difficult terrain while battling...

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