’46 fire’ burns 300 acres, destroys 3 homes, 5 outbuildings in Jurupa Valley

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File photo courtesy of Jeff Hall/Cal Fire San Diego
JURUPA VALLEY (CNS) - A 300-acre wind-whipped brush fire that started early today at the end of a police pursuit of a stolen car destroyed three homes and two outbuildings in Jurupa Valley before crews began to gain the upper hand. The so-called 46 Fire was reported about 12:40 a.m. in the 5300 block of 46th Street, at the west end of Flabob Airport, and was 15% contained as of mid-afternoon, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The wind-whipped fire expanded to 75 acres in less than two hours amid extreme red flag conditions, prompting evacuations for residents in neighborhoods south of Limonite Avenue, west of Crestmore Road, east of Van Buren Boulevard and north of the Santa Ana river bottom. Residents in an area bordered by Riverview Drive, 46th, Calle Hermosa and R
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