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Riverside County wildfire 90% contained, authorities say

Authorities report that the Buck fire in Riverside County is 90% contained
A wildfire that burned across 2,500 acres of Riverside County and forced some homes to be evacuated has been 90% contained, authorities said.

Some smoldering continues in interior back-country areas, the Riverside County Fire Department announced Thursday. One firefighter needed to be taken to a hospital with minor injuries, the department said.

Two other firefighters and one civilian had been injured Wednesday, and four structures were destroyed.

The Buck fire was one of more than a dozen that burned across the state this week, including a blaze a northern San Diego County called the Vallecito Lightning Complex fire. The Vallecito blaze, which started Sunday, has been 70% contained. Marine and Navy helicopters were used to assist the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in fighting the blaze, which stretched over almost 20,000 acres.

Other fires were reported this week in San Bernardino County, Kern County and the Stanislaus National Forest. Ken Pimlott, chief of Cal Fire, said Wednesday that over 8,000 state, local and federal firefighters were battling the flames across the state.


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Photo: A DC-10 drops retardant on the Buck wildfire over rugged terrain south of Hemet on Tuesday. Credit: Frank Bellino / Riverside Press-Enterprise

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