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'Handful of homes' threatened by 300-acre fire in Riverside County

September 30, 2012 |  9:59 am

A "handful of homes" were threatened by a 300-acre brush fire burning in a remote area of Riverside County on Sunday morning, officials said, but no evacuations have been ordered.

The so-called Range fire began about 6:10 p.m. Saturday near Old Idyllwild Road and Shirleon Drive, a rugged, hilly area south of Banning, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Nearly 250 firefighters were attacking the blaze, which was zero percent contained Sunday morning.

The fire destroyed at least one outbuilding and a few abandoned vehicles Saturday, officials said. The homes threatened are on the northwest side of the blaze.

One Los Angeles County firefighter was helicoptered out of the area Saturday and taken to an area hospital for leg burns, officials said.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.


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