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945-acre wildfire near Moreno Valley 50% contained

Firefighters are making progress battling a wildfire that has burned 945 acres of grass and brush near Moreno Valley.

The Gilman Fire was 50% contained Sunday morning and full containment was expected by 6 p.m., said Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Cheri Patterson. She said cool weather and higher humidity had helped about 175 firefighters gain the upper hand on the blaze.

The fire briefly stranded 50 motorists after it broke out about 4 p.m. Saturday near Gilman Springs Road and the 60 Freeway and moved quickly through a rugged area known as the San Timoteo Badlands.

"The great news about the fire yesterday is it didn't threaten any property," Patterson said. "But it was inaccessible; and now we've had the time to get the firefighters in there."

Some eastbound lanes on the 60 Freeway remained closed Sunday morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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