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Brush fire near Murrieta remains 90% contained

Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle a Riverside County brush fire that has burned through more than 350 acres and destroyed one home, officials said Saturday.

The blaze that broke out three days ago near Murrieta has been 90% contained since Friday and crews are currently attempting to set up containment lines as well as patrol for hot spots, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Dept.

Investigators believe the so-called Volcano fire was started Wednesday when a county employee was mowing weeds about 11:30 a.m. along Tenaja Road near Via Volcano. The mower became entangled in barbed wire, creating sparks that ignited the brush. The flames spread quickly within a few hours and a large home surrounded by vegetation was engulfed in flames.

More than 320 firefighters are on scene, including crews from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. At least three firefighters have been treated for minor injuries.

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