Firefighters try to save home as Volcano fire threatens
Riverside County firefighters battled a fast-moving wall of flame that burned down a fence and was licking dangerously close to a Murrieta home.
The brush fire spread quickly Wednesday afternoon, ballooning to more than 200 acres about two hours after it started.
At 2 p.m. at least 200 firefighters were at the scene -- with helicopters and other air support dropping fire retardant.
Firefighters surrounded the home, dousing water on the roof and the perimeter. The blaze appeared to be just a couple of yards from the back of the home, according to footage shown from news choppers hovering about the area.
"The tanker drops were very instrumental in taking the heat out of that fire," Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann told KTLA News.
She said it might have helped save the home.
The blaze is near Via Volcano and Tenaja Road in the De Luz area.
-- Kate Mather and Kimi Yoshino
Photo: Riverside County firefighters battled the Volcano Fire in Murrietta. Credit: KTLA News