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Mandatory evacuations ordered in brush fire near Perris

August 22, 2011 |  5:40 pm

PERRIS
Fire officials in Riverside County ordered mandatory evacuations Monday afternoon as a brush fire scorched about 90 acres near Perris, officials said.

The order affected about 50 structures near Nuevo Road west of Webster Avenue, where firefighters were working to stop the progress of the flames, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

An evacuation center had been set up at Perris High School at 175 East Nuevo Road.

The flames were burning through light and medium vegetation across steep, boulder-covered terrain.

"We're making progress, but we're working in difficult terrain," Capt. Mike Smith told The Times.

About 150 firefighters were fighting the blaze on the ground. They were aided by three water-dropping helicopters and three air tankers. 

The fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. near Garza and Yucca roads in the unincorporated Good Hope community west of Perris.  The cause was under investigation.

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Photo: A fire earlier this afternoon in the Cajon Pass. Credit: KTLA News

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