UPDATE: Third Firefighter Injured, Blaze 75 Percent Contained

Cal Fire officials Wednesday determined the cause of the fire to be motorized brush clearing equipment.

UPDATE 10:46 p.m.:

The "Volcano" blaze was 75 percent contained Wednesday night, mapped at 350 acres, Cal Fre officials said.

A third firefighter suffered minor injuries, according to officials.

Full containment was expected early Thursday.


UPDATE 5:45 p.m.

Motorized equipment used to clear brush was blamed for starting a fire that consumed 400 acres Wednesday, burned down a home and injured two firefighters.

The so-called "Volcano" blaze late Wednesday afternoon was holding at 400 acres but containment was at 10 percent, with full containment not expected until Thursday morning.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries; one was treated at the scene, the other was taken to a hospital, Cal Fire officials said.

UPDATE 5:29 p.m.:

A firefighter suffered minor injuries battling a 400-acre blaze in La Cresta Wednesday.

Cal Fire officials backed off their original 20 percent containment estimate and made it 10 percent.

Full containment was expected at 8 a.m. Thursday; full control, 6 p.m. Thursday.

The American Red Cross Wednesday afternoon opened a temporary shelter for residents who voluntarily evacuated their homes.

The shelter is at Murrieta Valley High School, 42200 Nighthawk Way.


A fire Wednesday raced through the Santa Rosa Plateau, gorging on 400 acres of brush and claiming at least one home, officials said.

The fire was reported about 11:30 a.m. at Tenaja Road, near Via Volcano and quickly spread at a moderate rate.

Firefighters late Wednesday afternoon had the blaze 20 percent contained; officials confirmed at least one structure fully involved in flames.

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Brenda August 02, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Usually does pick up afternoons with more winds and they are just so unpredicable anyway, they take a chance giving percent of containments. We like to know a percentage but it can change 10 times in a day depending on alot of things. Sorry for the loss of a home so far, praying for these flashfloods to hit tonite, would be great. Thanks for updates on fires Patch.


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