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Drift Smoke Alarms Temecula Residents

Fire in cities and county areas surrounding Temecula sent drift smoke into the city, concerning residents, but officials said no worries.

8/10: Click here for an update on the 900-acre Warner Springs blaze.

This story was updated at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 2012, with the information that the fire in Anza was contained Thursday evening and was mapped at seven acres.

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A series of fires in surrounding areas sent smoke drifting into Temecula Thursday -- worrying residents -- but officials said the city was safe.

A fire in morning burned about seven acres in an area where dry lightning had been reported.

The two fires burned near Mitchell Road and Nonita Vista Road, according to Cal Fire’s Jody Hagemann.

It took 70 firefighters less than an hour to stop the forward spread but containment was not declared until 6:24 p.m.

The fire was reported at 11:48 a.m.

Just before 1 p.m. in Wildomar, and burned 14 acres, destroying a home, several outbuildings and a vehicle, officials said.

That fire was fully contained in the late afternoon.

At 2:10 p.m., a Marine Corps Base, near the front gate.

The five-acre fire caused heat and smoke inhalation injuries to three firefighters, officials said.

Two were treated on scene for minor injuries and a third was transported to a local medical center, according to officials.

That fire was 80 percent contained by 5:30 p.m.

In Hemet, a fire was reported at 3:44 p.m. in the area of Red Mountain and Taffle Ranch roads, according to Cal Fire.

That fire had burned three acres and was 20 percent contained by 6 p.m., but not before it had damaged a mobile home, an outbuilding and a vehicle, officials said.

At 4 p.m., a fire broke out on Chihuahua Valley Road, in Warner Springs, burning 275 acres as of 7 p.m., with no containment or control in sight, officials said.

The flames were heading southeast, away from Riverside County, a Cal Fire San Diego County information officer told Patch.

Adrian August 11, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Don't worry, Steve. I am sure "god" loves you just as well as his other petulant children. Go ahead, make him proud by mocking us silly liberals.
Adrian August 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM
@Steve, that seems to be a conservative specialty. I must admit that it is fun to ruffle feathers.

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