Fire Department Says 205-Acre Pinyon Pines Fire Caused by Lightning

posted by City News Service - 

PINYON PINES (CNS) - The 205-acre brush fire that broke out near Pinyon Pines last week was sparked by lightning, fire officials announced today.The Ribbon Fire, which was reported at 10:12 a.m. last Thursday near Highway 74 and Ribbonwood Drive, prompted evacuation warnings for residents from Alpine Village, Pinyon Crest, Pinyon Pines and the Pinyon Flats campground. 

The non-injury fire quickly grew to 200 acres, but only expanded by five acres until full containment was reached around 6 p.m. Monday, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The blaze broke out as hundreds of firefighters were busy battling a much larger arson-caused fire to the northwest. 

The 13,139-acre Cranston Fire, which began at noon last Wednesday in the forest between Hemet and Mountain Center, was 89 percent contained as of this afternoon.

Brush Fire Scorches 200 Acres Near Pinyon Pines as Cranston Fire Burns
Brush Fire Scorches 200 Acres Near Pinyon Pines as Cranston Fire Burns
A 200-acre brush fire that broke out near Pinyon Pines while hundreds of fire personnel were busy battling a much larger blaze to the north was 45 percent contained...

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