Firefighters battle Horseshoe Fire near San Jacinto

A fire department vehicle sits in the driveway of a residence near the Horseshoe Fire, which threatened homes in San Jacinto, Saturday, Sept. 14. Mike Murawski/Cal Fire Riverside photo

Firefighters held the Horseshoe Fire burning near San Jacinto to a little more than 500 acres and inched containment up to 67% as of Monday evening, Sept. 16.

The blaze initially sparked mandatory evacuations for a residential neighborhood on the far west side of San Jacinto, but firefighters managed to keep the brush fire away from homes and all evacuation orders were lifted Sunday.

Fire personnel were continuing to mop up the blaze and strengthen control lines, Cal Fire said.

The Horseshoe Fire broke out in a rural area between Nuevo and San Jacinto. Mike Murawski/Cal Fire Riverside photo

The fire was first reported at 5:52 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, near the 21000 block of Horseshoe Trail in the rural Juniper Flats area.

It was initially reported as being about 10 acres, and grew to nearly 500 acres by Sunday afternoon.

The evacuation order that was lifted Sunday had been in effect for 60 homes south of Mayberry Street and west of Warren Road in San Jacinto, affecting about 200 residents with an evacuation center set up at Tahquitz High School at 4425 Titan Way in Hemet.

Roads that were closed off due to the fire were also mostly reopened by Sunday night, San Jacinto city manager Robert Johnson said in a Facebook post.

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