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14 homes evacuated as brush fire burns in Riverside

November 2, 2010 |  5:03 pm

Authorities evacuated 14 homes in Riverside on Tuesday afternoon as a brush fire continued to burn through thick vegetation, officials said.

The evacuated residents were being sent to Nichols Park as flames neared their homes by Tucson Court and Rio Rancho Way, near the Santa Ana River bottom, officials said. Evacuations were completed shortly before 5 p.m.

Fire crews were making a stand near Anza Narrows Park, hoping to stop the forward progress of the blaze, which had scorched about 10 acres, said Battalion Chief Mitchell Wesche of the Riverside Fire Department.

"If we can keep this thing from passing Narrows Park, we'll be OK," Wesche said in a phone interview from the scene.

Earlier, the blaze was being fanned by dry easterly winds up to 20 mph.

--Robert J. Lopez