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Murietta brush fire 40% contained; 200 homes threatened

September 24, 2012 |  5:28 am

Firefighters continued Monday to battle a brush fire in Murietta that has burned more than 150 acres, officials said.

More than 150 firefighters managed to bring the so-called Temprano fire to about 40% containment by early Monday, said Murietta Fire Chief Matt Shobert. The fire was first reported about 4:40 p.m. Sunday near the Warm Springs Preserve.

The blaze threatened about 200 homes, but Shobert said crews had so far only found that a barn and a recreational vehicle had been destroyed.

One firefighter suffered a sprained ankle Sunday night, Shobert said. No other injuries have been reported.

A voluntary evacuation center has been set up at Vista Murrieta High School. Investigators have not yet determined what sparked the blaze.


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