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Brush fire near 91 Freeway in Riverside County 50% contained

A brush fire burning near the 91 Freeway and Green River Road in Riverside County was 50% contained Wednesday afternoon as crews battled the blaze from the ground and air.

The fire, which broke out in an area covered by light, flashy fuels, had burned about 35 acres and was expected to be fully contained around midnight, the Riverside County Fire Department said. The blaze started shortly before 2 p.m.

Two aerial tankers and three water-dropping helicopters were aiding about 200 firefighters on the ground, officials said. The flames were being fanned by 17 mph hour winds.

The cause was under investigation.

-- Robert J. Lopez
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