MORENO VALLEY: Brush fire burns 65 acres

MORENO VALLEY – A wildfire that broke out just north of Moreno Valley this afternoon burned 65 acres and prompted evacuations before it was partially contained.

The non-injury “Stewart” blaze was reported at 2:28 p.m. along Reche Canyon Road, near Stewart Street, about a mile south of the boundary separating Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

At 4:40 p.m., the brusher’s forward rate of spread had been stopped and crews were making good progress encircling the remnants, according to personnel at the scene. Evacuation orders implemented along Stewart were lifted at the same time.

On-scene commanders had requested that sheriff’s deputies implement mandatory evacuations at 3:20 p.m. as flames approached homes and other structures. There were no reports of property damage, though multiple power lines were down on Stewart and nearby Woodson Road.

The flames crossed northeast into San Bernardino County at 3:35 p.m., according to reports from the scene.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, 25 engine crews and five hand crews, numbering about 130 personnel, deployed to the blaze, supported by two air tankers and two water-dropping helicopters. Along with Riverside County fire personnel, Cal Fire units based in San Bernardino County and San Diego County were sent to the location.

Mop-up operations were expected to last well into the night.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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