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900-Acre Brush Fire Sending Smoke Across Southwest Riverside County

A 900-acre wildland blaze raging out of control in Warner Springs sent clouds of smoke into Southwest Riverside County Friday.

A brush fire in Warner Springs that began Thursday afternoon had burned 900 acres by Friday morning and was only 5 percent contained, with no control in sight, officials said.

"It's kicking up a lot of smoke right now," said Audrey Hagen, information officer for Cal Fire San Diego County.

The smoke was drifting over the mountains into Riverside County, Hagen said.

No buildings were threatened and no injuries were reported in the blaze, on Highway 79 and Chihuahua Valley Road, according to Hagen.

The blaze, dubbed the Chihuahua Fire, was sparked by lightning off Chihuahua Valley Road around 1 p.m. Thursday, and is burning southwest of Palomar Mountain, according to officials.

According to a report from KPBS.org, "Voluntary evacuation advisories went out around 7:30 p.m. Thursday for residents in the immediate area. Overnight, those advisories were bumped up to 'mandatory' evacuation orders."

watchingthings August 10, 2012 at 07:01 PM
For up to date info. http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=wp&feedId=19
Sandiah August 10, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Chihuahua Valley is actually northeast of Palomar Mountain, not southwest as noted in the article.

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