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More crews called as flames threaten homes in Perris brush fire

August 22, 2011 |  4:31 pm

Harville Fire commanders in Riverside County were calling for additional crews Monday afternoon to help protect structures as a brush fire near Perris grew to about 60 acres, officials said.

Nearly 150 firefighters were on the scene, and flames burned near homes near Harvill and Webster avenues, the Riverside County Fire Department said. They were being aided by three helicopters and three air tankers.

The blaze broke out about 2:30 p.m. near Garza and Yucca roads and was reported to be about five acres at that time, officials said.

Earlier, the California Highway Patrol closed Old Elsinore Road, which is adjacent to the fire. The temperature was 95 degrees, officials said, and the relative humidity was 16%. Winds were about 8 mph.


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Image: Map shows approximate location of a brush fire in Perris. Source: Google Maps