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Brush fire breaks out near 91 Freeway in Riverside County

June 16, 2010 |  4:05 pm
Firefighters in Riverside County were battling a brush fire Wednesday afternoon that was moving rapidly as it burned through flashy fuels near the 91 Freeway and Green River Road.

The blaze had burned about 35 acres by 3 p.m. and was being fanned by 17 mph winds, the Riverside County Fire Department said. The fire started about 2 p.m.

More than 200 firefighters, including five hand crews, were attacking the blaze as the temperature reached 87 degrees, officials said. The ground crews were being assisted by two air tankers and three water-dropping helicopters. No injuries were reported.

The cause was under investigation.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: A crew climbs a steep slope just south of the 91 Freeway to mop up a brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon just west of Corona. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times