UPDATE: Blaze West of Diamond Valley Lake in Winchester Burns Nearly 30 Acres

FILE PHOTO: Fires can explode in high grass and weeds during the dry conditions that prompt Red Flag Warnings. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
WINCHESTER  - A fire that erupted today in a field southwest of Diamond Valley Lake in Winchester consumed 28 acres before crews knocked it down. The non-injury blaze was reported at 1:05 p.m. near the intersection of Scott and Winchester roads, less than two miles from the lake, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The fire was declared 100% contained shortly before 5 p.m. Multiple engine crews were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a moderate clip in medium vegetation, across open ground, according to the fire department. Two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter began runs on the fire at 1:25 p.m. Thirty minutes later, the fire slowed considerably, allowing crews to establish tentative containment lines. The aircraft was released, r
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