Firefighters get handle on brush fire near Temecula, evacuation warning lifted

Fires ignited by utility structures may grow rapidly and become deadly in a short period of time. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

TEMECULA – Firefighters stopped the forward rate of spread of a seven-acre brush fire in the Santa Ana Mountains west of Temecula today and an evacuation warning was lifted.
The blaze was reported at 1:54 p.m. in the 43500 block of El Calamar Road and was initially burning at a slow rate in heavy fuels, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
An evacuation warning was first issued for six homes near the fire but was later expanded to include areas north and west of Via Escalon, east of El Calomar Road and south of Vista Bonita.
The evacuation warning was lifted shortly after 5 p.m.
“Please use caution returning to the area while fire resources continue building containment lines around the fire,” the fire department said.
Officials said 115 firefighters were battling the blaze from the ground and the air and were making “good progress.”

Firefighters on scene of Temecula fire

A vegetation fire was reported at 1:54 pm on 43500 blk Calamar Rd, Temecula.

Firefighters are on scene of the vegetation fire that is currently 2 acres, burning in medium to heavy fuels and burning with a slow rate of spread according to the Cal Fire Twitter feed.