UPDATED: Temecula Fire Spreads, Area Roads Closed

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Fire Officials Determine Cause of Now-Contained Temecula Fire

Update 6:15 p.m.:  

Riverside County fire officials say the fire is now estimated at 30 acres in size.

Rancho California has been closed due to the fire, according to Cal Fire Spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson.  Sheriff's officials are on scene helping with traffic control.

"The Sheriff's Office will be escorting all motorists on Rancho California for safety measures due to committed resources of the fire in the roadway," she said in an incident report.

125 firefighters are now assigned to the fire, which has been dubbed the "Santa" incident.

Original story as follows:

Dozens of firefighters have been sent to help extinguish a blaze in the Temecula area, Cal Fire reports.

According to Melody Hendrickson with the Riverside County Fire Department, the fire was first reported around 3:18 p.m. in the area of Via Santa Rosa and Rancho California Road.

When crews first arrived, an incident commander reported approximately two to three arcres burning "at a moderate rate of speed," according to Hendrickson.  By 4 p.m., the size was estimated at 15 to 20 acres.

So far, 65 firefighters from 13 engine companies have been sent to the scene, along with two air tankers and one helicopter, according to fire reports.

Mary B June 04, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Mark June 04, 2014 at 10:10 PM
These amazing photos by Lane Media are a MUST SEE. Stunning is the only word that comes to mind. http://lanemedia.net/2014/06/04/temecula-incredible-photos-of-the-santa-fire-by-maggie-avants/
Donna June 04, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Maggie its great to see your name.. Im not enjoying the patch like I use to.. Im sure they wont post this.. Was that way today and saw the fire and plane drops.. Hope all is well..
Musicology June 13, 2014 at 01:42 PM
We watched this fire progress and be put out from our store front! Thankfully no one was injured and the firefighters were able to extinguish the fire pretty quickly.


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