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Grass fire snarls traffic on 71 and 91 Freeways near Prado Basin

July 18, 2012 |  4:45 pm

Map shows general area where a grass fire snarled traffic on the 71 and 91 freeways.

 

A grass fire burning near the Prado Basin in Riverside County on Wednesday afternoon has snarled rush-hour traffic along the northbound 71 and 91 Freeways, officials said.

The blaze is burning in an area where the two freeways connect, and only one lane of the northbound 71 Freeway was open, said Massiel De Guevara, spokeswoman for the Chino Hills Fire Department. All lanes on the southbound side of the freeway were opened, she said.

The snarl on the northbound 71 Freeway has also backed up traffic on the 91 Freeway.

The flames, which were burning across grassy terrain, were moving east toward the Prado Basin. Firefighters on the ground were being aided by two fixed-winged planes and two water-dropping helicopters.

The blaze was about 50% contained, De Guevara said.

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Map shows general area where grass fire was burning near the 71 and 91 Freeways. Credit: Google Maps

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