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Firefighters battle 40-acre brush fire in Riverside County

May 12, 2010 |  3:47 pm
Firefighters in Riverside County appeared to be gaining the upper hand Wednesday afternoon on a wind-driven brush fire that has burned 40 acres and forced the evacuation of a mobile home park.

The blaze broke out about 1:30 p.m. in the Glen Avon area near Granite Hill and Quartz Canyon Road and was pushed by 15 mph winds, the Riverside County Fire Department said. Temperatures were in the upper 80s.

The flames briefly threatened the Santiago Estates Mobile Home Park, forcing officials to evacuate 32 of the 126 homes there, Capt. Fernando Herrera said.

But more than 150 firefighters aided by two fixed-wing aircraft and three water-dropping copters beat back the flames, Herrera said.

"It's really looking good right now," he said, adding that officials were debating whether to allow residents to return.

-- Robert J. Lopez