Cause of Winchester fire under investigation, officials say

WINCHESTER – The cause of a fire that broke out in Winchester, charring 32 acres as it approached homes in the rural area, was under investigation today.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Fields Drive and Patterson Road, roughly two miles north of the Lake Skinner Recreation Area, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

An agency spokeswoman said nine engine crews and four hand crews, numbering 75 people, were deployed to fight fire, supported by two air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter.

Several residents said the flames were within sight of their properties and one woman invited firefighters to draw water from a tank built for her livestock, according to reports from the scene.

The fire was fully contained just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the department’s Tawny Cabral.

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