Tenaja Fire chars 1,926 acres in La Cresta and Murrieta

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Flames burn vegetation along Clinton Keith Road near the Santa Rosa Plateau during the Tenaja Fire, Sept. 4. Shane Gibson photo
A wildfire that broke out just before 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4, was fully contained earlier this week but not before charring 1,926 acres. The Tenaja Fire ripped through the La Cresta area, burning parts of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, threatening homes and causing evacuations of hundreds of homes, according to fire officials. Originally reported as 2,000 acres, the fire’s size was revised downward Saturday due to better mapping, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Due to the location of the fire, firefighters were hampered by difficult terrain while battling the blaze, Cal Fire Division Chief Todd Hopkins said during a Thursday afternoon news conference “We have a difficult terrain to access the fire,” Hopkins said. “Winds will come out o
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