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Moreno Valley wildfire fully contained

August 7, 2011 |  8:35 pm

A map shows the location where motorists were stranded on the 60 Freeway in Moreno Valley. Firefighters said Sunday evening they had the 945-acre wildfire near Moreno Valley fully contained and expected control of the fire by midnight.

Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Cheri Patterson 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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Image: A map shows the location where motorists were stranded on the 60 Freeway in Moreno Valley. Source: Google Maps

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