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Another Riverside County brush fire is contained

July 18, 2010 | 12:10 pm
A lightning-sparked wildfire that scorched hundreds of acres of dry brush east of Murrieta was 100% contained Sunday, a fire official said.

The Cactus Fire was declared contained at 7 a.m. Sunday, said Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann. The fire charred 706 acres of brush near Red Mountain Road in the community of Sage and forced the closure of Route 371.

It was one of several fires that erupted Thursday when thunderstorms rumbled across the San Jacinto Mountains, igniting brush and causing flash flooding. Evacuations orders were briefly issued for about 80 residents.

Three fire engines and 60 firefighters were on the scene Sunday and were expected to have the fire fully controlled by Monday evening, Hagemann said.

-- Carla Rivera