Juniper Flats Fire More Than Half Contained


Juniper Flats Fire More Than Half Contained

JUNIPER FLATS (CNS) - A brush fire in the Juniper Flats area between Perris and San Jacinto was 60% contained today but expanded to 520 acres.

The “Horseshoe Fire” was reported at 5:52 p.m. Saturday near the 21000 block of Horseshoe Trail, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Thirty-four engine crews and eight hand crews, numbering more than 230 personnel, continued to encircle the fire, making progress even as the blaze expanded slightly, officials said.

Cal Fire air tankers and water-dropping helicopters were making runs on the blaze.

Two hundred residents from 60 homes in the community of Mayberry in San Jacinto were under evacuation orders Saturday night but were allowed to return home Sunday.

No injuries have been reported and no homes destroyed by the blaze, the cause of which remains under investigation.

A smoke advisory was issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District this morning, with air quality potentially becoming unhealthy for sensitive groups in the San Jacinto Valley-Hemet area, Perris Valley, San Gorgonio Pass, Beaumont, Calimesa, Banning and Cabazon.


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