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Brush fire north of Murrieta fully contained

August 29, 2011 |  6:29 pm

A 160-acre grass fire north of Murrieta was fully contained in just over five hours but forced the evacuation of nearly a dozen homes as well as road closures in the Riverside County town of Menifee, authorities said.

More than 160 firefighters were called in to fight the blaze, which damaged two outbuildings, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials. No injuries were reported.

The fire was reported in Menifee about 1 p.m. and spread quickly.

Meanwhile, a wildfire that burned 345 acres near the Los Angeles-San Bernardino county line was 85% contained Sunday evening, after 555 federal, state and local firefighters were call in to battle the blaze, according to information released by the forestry department.

The fire began near Highway 138, south of Pinion Hills, east of Palmdale and west of Victorville, on Saturday after a series of lightning strikes from violent thunderstorms hit the desert areas, although the official cause has not been determined.

A second wildfire at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains in the community of Mentone burned 67 acres and was expected to be completely contained by Monday night, fire officials said.


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