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Firefighters seeking to contain brush fire east of Hemet

May 26, 2010 |  4:38 pm

Firefighters in Riverside County were expecting to contain a blaze Wednesday evening that had scorched 75 acres and sent a plume of smoke into the Coachella Valley.

The fire, which broke out about noon east of Hemet, was apparently sparked by a metal grinder that was being used in a grassy area near Fairview and Whittier avenues, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

More than 100 firefighters, along with four air tankers and two helicopters, were fighting the flames. They were being assisted by a bulldozer and seven hand crews that were working to cut breaks along the perimeter of the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

-- Robert J. Lopez