Brush fire erupts in Anza, threatening properties

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A brush fire erupted Thursday, Aug. 12, in Anza, quickly charing an acre and threatening several homes before crews reached the location.The blaze was reported at 1:50 p.m. near Mitchell Road and Louise Avenue, roughly a half-mile north of Highway 371, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.The agency said multiple engine and hand crews were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a moderate rate through medium vegetation.Two homes were in the vicinity of the fire, and firefighters immediately deployed for structure protection, according to reports from the scene.A Cal Fire air tanker and water-dropping helicopter were summoned to make runs on the brusher, which was contained an hour later.There was no immediate word on what might have triggered
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