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71 Freeway reopened after grass fire burns in Prado Basin area

July 18, 2012 |  6:33 pm

Firefighters battle grass fire near Prado Basin.
All lanes on the northbound 71 Freeway in the Prado Basin area reopened Wednesday evening after being closed because of a grass fire, the California Highway Patrol said.

Firefighters had stopped the forward progress of the blaze, which burned about 20 acres of grassy fuels in an area where 71 Freeway connects with the 91 Freeway in Riverside County, fire officials said.

About 125 firefighters, aided by two water-dropping helicopters, battled the fire. It was reported shortly before 3 p.m., the Riverside County Fire Department said.

The blaze was about 50% contained. No injuries were reported, the Fire Department said.

The cause was under investigation.

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Photo: Firefighters battle the blaze. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5