Rock fire chars 295 acres in Anza

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Despite firefighters’ best efforts, a home goes up in flames during the Rock Fire Tuesday, Aug. 24. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Four homes and seven outbuildings were destroyed on the south end of Anza after a brush fire erupted and scorched 295 acres, prompting the evacuations of homes Tuesday, Aug. 24. The Rock Fire was reported shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Gulley View Drive and Rock Canyon Road, bordering the Cahuilla Indian Reservation. The fire’s forward rate of spread was stopped four hours after it erupted, but the flames continued to expand into rocky hillsides and open spaces Tuesday night. On Wednesday, crews tightened up containment lines around most of the brusher, but it flared up in several places, requiring a Cal Fire water-dropping helicopter to return to the area to support ground personnel. One firefighter
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