MORENO VALLEY: “Stewart” fire contained at 122 acres

MORENO VALLEY – A 122-acre wildfire that broke out just north of Moreno Valley on Friday afternoon and prompted evacuations was fully contained today.

Crews reported the fire was fully contained at 3 p.m., according to Tawny Cabral of the Riverside County Fire Department.

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

On-scene commanders requested that sheriff’s deputies implement mandatory evacuations about an hour later 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. Evacuation orders implemented along Stewart were lifted at 4:40 p.m.

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.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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