300-acre wildfire burning off Los Alamos and Liberty roads near Murrieta; mandatory evacuations in place

The liberty fire burns down the hillside near Murrieta on Thursday, Dec. 7. Kim Harris photo.

UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 7, 10:30 p.m. 

All Temecula Valley Unified School District schools will also be closed Friday because of air quality concerns.

“A decision has been made to close all TVUSD schools tomorrow,” a district statment says. “The closure pertains to all TVUSD employees and department staff as well.  After consultation with Temecula Fire regarding the Liberty Fire on Los Alamos, as a precautionary measure TVUSD will close all schools tomorrow.”

UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m. 

Most evacuation orders for residents in the area of the 300-acre Liberty fire have been lifted, but all Murrieta Valley Unified School District schools will be closed Friday.

“With the number of mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place and road closures in the area of the fire, we anticipate students, staff and teachers would have difficulty getting to schools tomorrow,” a Facebook post from the school district says.

Residents in most areas are no longer under evacuation order, but the order remains in place for those living on Los Alamos Road between Ruth Ellen and Briggs roads as well as for Maclean and Golden Eagle avenues, according to a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department news release.

Murrieta Mesa High School has been designated as a Red Cross evacuation center and 25 evacuees were there Thursday night, according to school district officials.

Great Oak High School, which had been opened as a care and reception center for those affected by fires, is now closed, according to fire officials.

About 50 customers are without power as a result of the blaze and Southern California Edison is working to restore it, according to the release.

The blaze, which began about 1:14 p.m., consumed 300 acres over several hours Thursday, but by Thursday evening firefighters had it about 10 percent contained.

Fire officials have not yet disclosed a possible cause for the fire.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

Firefighters fight the 100-acre Liberty fire off Los Alamos Road on Thursday, Dec. 7. Kim Harris photo.

UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. 

The Liberty fire northwest of Murrieta was still at 300 acres, but 10 percent contained by early Thursday evening, according to an update from the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

The blaze was reported about 1:14 p.m. in the area of Los Alamos and Liberty roads and quickly burned through heavy fuels.

People who live on the roads south of Los Alamos Road, east of Ruth Ellen Way and west of Briggs Road are still under evacuation order.

Evacuees are welcome at care and reception areas that have been set up at Great Oak High School in Temecula and Murrieta Mesa High School in Murrieta.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

An air tanker drops fire retardant on the Liberty fire on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 7. Kim Harris photo.

UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:05 p.m. 

The Liberty fire northwest of Murrieta had charred 300 acres and destroyed one structure by early Thursday evening.

The fire, reported about 1:14 p.m., is about 5 percent contained, according to the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

Residents of all roads south of Los Alamos Road, east of Ruth Ellen Way and west of Briggs Road are under an evacuation order.

Care and reception centers have been established at Great Oak High School at 32555 Deer Hollow Way and Murrieta Mesa High School at 24801 Monroe Street in Murrieta.

An animal evacuation center for both large and small animals has been set up at the Riverside County Department of Animal Service’s  San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at 581 S. Grand Avenue in San Jacinto.

Great Oak High School’s gym was utilized as a care and reception center for people affected by the fires for a period of time Thursday. Kim Harris photo.

UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 7, 3:40 p.m. 

The Liberty fire burning near Murrieta is now said to be 220 acres, with no containment.

The fire, first reported about 1:14 p.m. in the area of Los Alamos and Liberty roads, is one of multiple blazes burning in Southern California as heavy winds have bolstered fire danger.

Evacuations remain in place for people on portions of Los Alamos Road, Liberty Road, Mary Place, Via Mira Mosa, Madela Lane, Skipper Road, Ernest Way and Mesa Avenue.

Evacuees are welcome at care and reception areas that have been set up at Great Oak High School in Temecula and Murrieta Mesa High School in Murrieta.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2:56 p.m. 

The Liberty fire burns on the hillside near Murrieta on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 7. Kim Harris photo.

An evacuation order has been put in place for people living along Los Alamos Road, Liberty Road, Mary Place, Via Mira Mosa, Madela Lane, Skipper Road, Ernest Way and Mesa Avenue in the wake of a 100 acre-wildfire burning near Murrieta.

Two care and reception areas have been set up for people affected by the fire: at Great Oak High School at 32555 Deer Hollow Way in Temecula and at Murrieta Mesa High School at 24801 Monroe Street in Murrieta.

The fire, dubbed the Liberty fire, was first reported about 1:14 p.m. in the area of Los Alamos and Liberty roads and has swelled to about 100 acres in size as it has consumed heavy brush.

A heavy plume of smoke is visible from surrounding communities.

It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday afternoon what sparked the blaze.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2:44 p.m. 

All Murrieta Valley Unified School District schools are dismissing students early as a precautionary measure as a 100-acre brush fire burns in the area of Los Alamos and Liberty roads

The fire, dubbed the Liberty fire, was about 100 acres and burning in heavy fuels Thursday afternoon.

Drift smoke was visible in various areas of Murrieta and Temecula.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Original story: 

A 100-acre wildfire was burning in the Murrieta area Thursday, sending up a large plume of smoke that was visible from both Temecula and Murrieta.

CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters were being assisted by the Murrieta Fire Department to battle the blaze, which was said to be burning at a moderate to rapid rate of spread in heavy fuels.

Plumes of smoke were visible in nearby Temecula, but spokeswoman April Newman said there were no reports of fire in Temecula shortly before 2:30 p.m.

The smoke, she said, could have been drift smoke from the blaze in the Murrieta area.

At this time, it is unknown what sparked the blaze.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

One Response to "300-acre wildfire burning off Los Alamos and Liberty roads near Murrieta; mandatory evacuations in place"

  1. Christina Williams   December 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I’m praying for the families attached to this location and I decree a hedge of protection over the lives and homes affected in this area in Jesus name, Amen.

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