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Full containment of Riverside County fire expected tonight

March 2, 2013 |  9:50 am

Fire officials have made significant progress in suppressing a 300-acre wildfire near Jurupa Hills and full containment was expected by 8 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.

The fire that ignited Thursday along the vegetated Santa Ana River bottom between Riverside and an unincorporated part of Riverside County was now 80% contained and the area burned was not expected to increase, said Jody Hagemann, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department.

Hagemann said a team of six engines, two fire crews and two water tenders would continue to “work on some hot spots” amid temperatures forecast to rise into the 80s.

At its peak, the fire pitched flames as high as 30 feet and quickly spread through the south end of the Rancho Jurupa Regional Park, northwest of Riverside Municipal Airport.

On Friday, a house near the Santa Ana River bottom caught fire when embers landed on the roof, officials said. An outbuilding also caught fire.

There were no reports of injuries, authorities said.


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