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Southern California wildfire is 40 percent contained

4:38 PM, Mar 1, 2013   |    comments
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RIVERSIDE, California - Southern California firefighters have made significant progress against remnants of a wildfire that damaged a home and cut power to about 2,000 residents in Riverside County.

The blaze in the Santa Ana River bottom is 40 percent surrounded Friday. Better mapping of the scene has increased the size from 200 acres to 311 acres.

The fire erupted late Thursday in heavy vegetation in the river bottom between Riverside and Jurupa (hoo-ROO-puh) Valley, and at its peak prompted a call for voluntary evacuations.

Fire spokesman Greg Birchfield says flames died down overnight but there are still hotspots and there is concern about winds picking up.

Southern California is experiencing a round of gusty Santa Ana winds caused by high pressure over the Great Basin. Temperatures are expected to reach the 80s.

 

The Associated Press

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