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Riverside County wildfire contained at 500 acres

May 13, 2010 |  8:30 am

A brush fire that scorched hills between Glen Avon and Fontana and briefly threatened a few homes was contained early Thursday morning, Riverside County fire officials said.

The fire that broke out about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near Granite Hill and Quartz Canyon Road in Glen Avon was surrounded at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday at about 500 acres.

Driven by wind gusts of up to 25 mph, the fire forced authorities to temporarily evacuate part of the Santiago Estates Mobile Home Park, but residents were eventually allowed to return to their homes.

More than 200 firefighters aided by four air tankers and three water-dropping helicopters were used to battle the blaze.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to property, authorities said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

-- Ann M. Simmons