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Volcano fire spreads to more than 200 acres in Riverside County

August 1, 2012 |  1:35 pm

A brush fire burning in Riverside County spread quickly Wednesday afternoon, ballooning to more than 200 acres about two hours after it started.

The so-called Volcano fire was first reported just before 11:30 a.m. at Tenaja Road and Via Volcano near Murrieta, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. It initially burned slowly before flaring up about 12:20 p.m., and reached more than 100 acres just a few minutes later.

As of 1:20 p.m., the fire had burned more than 200 acres and was less than 5% contained, officials said. No evacuations had been ordered although television footage showed the flames moving closer to area homes.

Nearly 200 firefighters were on the scene with at least four helicopters. There have been no immediate reports of injuries.

A Cal Fire spokeswoman said the fire was "moving very quickly" and more information would be available after a spokesperson arrived on scene.

The cause of the fire was not known.


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Photo: Volcano fire spreads to more than 200 acres in Murrietta. Credit: KTLA News