Blaze burns several acres on north side of Anza

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A brush fire that erupted Thursday, Sept. 2, on the north end of Anza scorched roughly 2 acres before firefighters stopped it. The non-injury blaze was reported at 2:53 p.m. in the 52100 block of Wheeler Road, near Higgins Road, just east of the Cahuilla Indian Reservation, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The agency said multiple engine crews from the county and U.S. Forest Service were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a slow rate through medium vegetation. At 3:15 p.m., the fire’s forward rate of spread was halted, and crews had the brusher 30% contained while making steady progress encircling it completely, according to reports from the scene. Initial reports indicated that the blaze might have erupted in an illegal marijuana grow, an
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