MOUNTAIN CENTER (CNS) - Highways in the area of where a 600-acre brush fire triggered evacuation orders for the entire community of Mountain Center were reopened Friday, Jan. 15, and some ground and air crews were pulled off the fire lines as the blaze slowed down.
The non-injury ``Bonita Fire'' was reported about 1:15 a.m. in the 28000 block of Bonita Vista Road, a mile east of the junction for Highways 74 and 243, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Easterly winds pushed the flames to the southwest, threatening the lightly populated community of Mountain Center, and an evacuation order was issued for all residents. That order remained in effect as of mid-afternoon.
The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 74 between Lake Hemet and the 74/243 interchange, as well as