Skyline fire in Corona now 50% contained


CORONA (CNS) – A wildfire that erupted on a mountainside in the Cleveland National Forest just south of Corona has burned 45 acres and was 50% contained Friday morning.
“The change in acreage is due to updated mapping,” the Riverside County Fire Department tweeted about 8:10 a.m. “Firefighters will remain on scene for mop up.”
The non-injury “Skyline Fire” was reported about 4:40 p.m. Thursday along the Skyline Trail, less than a mile west of Foothill Parkway, well inside the forest, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The agency said a full-scale deployment was ordered, with crews from Riverside County, Corona, the U.S. Forest Service and Orange County Fire Authority converging on the location. Nearly 300 personnel and two water-dropping aircraft were deployed.
The flames burned up to some backyards, but no structures were damaged, Herrera said.
About 6:15 p.m. Thursday, homes on Clearing Circle, Meandering Lane, Burrero Way, Corbett Street and Overland Lane were evacuated as a precaution, but all evacuations were lifted about three hours later, the Riverside County Fire Department reported. Corona High School was serving as an evacuation center.
The fire was left to burn through the night because of the inaccessibility of the terrain.
About 6:40 a.m. the City of Corona closed the Skyline Trail “out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our community and due to poor air quality,” according to a statement on Twitter.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.