UPDATE: 500-Acre Fire In Winchester Contained; Two Firefighters Injured

The blaze was contained at 8 p.m. Monday and full control is expect by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

This story will be updated as reports come in.

UPDATE at 9:16 p.m. Aug. 20: The Vista Fire that scorched 500 acres in Winchester Monday is 100 percent contained, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department is reporting.

The blaze was contained at 8 p.m. and full control is expect by 6 p.m. Tuesday. Ground firefighting resources are on scene throughout the night.

Two firefighters were injured in the blaze that flared up in the area of Vista and Rawson roads (see attached map) shortly before noon Monday. One firefighter sustained minor injuries earlier in the day, and at 4:45 p.m. Cal Fire reported a second firefighter was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of injuries.

More than 200 firefighters battled the blaze with ground and aerial assaults using eight aircraft.

It’s unknown what may have sparked the fire, which is currently under investigation.

No structures were damaged in the fire, according to Cal Fire.

Amber Bensema said she was driving on Domenigoni Parkway near where she lives and saw fire trucks and smoke.

“Then [I] just started seeing flames shooting up the mountain. It was pretty crazy,” she said, noting that she believed homes were nearby.

Riverside County firefightes has been assisted by crews from Cal Fire/San Bernardino, Cal Fire/San Diego and March Air Force Base.

Brenda August 20, 2012 at 09:55 PM
You will see white puffs of smoke when the water drops hit, and sometimes a reddish/orangish tone puff if they are chemicals dropped. So any puffs of smoke not gray are a good thing!
Brenda August 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM
"there are chemicals dropped".
Constant Comment August 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Brenda, not so much "chemicals" per say. the fire retardant is about 85% H20, 10% fertilizer so the "enviromentalists" won't pitch a bitch, & 5% iron oxide or clay to give it some color. (So the pilots can look down and kinda tell whats been covered). It is NON toxic to humans but your pets can die from the fert poisoning. It can stain. I would move my car and hose down my house if I got hit by it. }~)
Brenda August 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Hey thanks for addition info Constant, actually precise info. I knew it was chemical and it was reddish orange when it was dropped was about it. LOL That is terrible to hear about the animals dying especially up here because all of us have I think the maximum amount of animals anyone can possibly have plus some.
Galactic Cannibal August 22, 2012 at 06:27 PM
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