Murietta brush fire 40% contained; 200 homes threatened
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.
-- Kate Mather