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Banning wildfire is fully contained at 55 acres

September 7, 2011 |  9:36 pm

Wildfire burns in Banning
A 55-acre wildfire that briefly threatened two homes near the city of Banning was declared 100% contained Wednesday evening, Riverside County fire authorities said.

One firefighter was treated at a hospital for heat exhaustion.

More than 220 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was reported just before 2 p.m. near San Gorgonio Avenue and Old Banning-Idyllwild Road at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains.

Temperatures at the time were a sweltering 106 degrees, according to a spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Fire crews from Riverside and San Diego counties, the U.S. Forest Service and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians battled the fire.

No cause has been determined.


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Photo: A wildfire burns in Banning.

Credit: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection