20-acre brush fire on hillsides near Murrieta threatens homes

Postado Dezembro 08, 2017

Share this article: Crews battle the Liberty Fire near Murrieta.

Two evacuation centers were set up in Temecula: at Great Oak High School on Deer Hollow Way and Mesa High School on Monroe Street.

The fire, being dubbed the "Liberty fire", was first reported around 1:15 p.m. near the intersection of Los Alamos and Liberty roads in an unincorporated area of Riverside County, according to CalFire.

Shortly after 8 p.m., officials announced that evacuations were lifted for all residents with the exception of those people bordering Los Alamos Road between Ruth Ellen and Briggs Road, Maclean and Golden Eagle.

More than 250 firefighters were working to encircle the wind-whipped wildfire, with zero percent containment as of 3:30 p.m. Winds were gusting over 30 miles per hour in the area. Winds were gusting over 30 miles per hour in the area in the late afternoon.

Also on Thursday, Southern California Edison shut off power to 5,600 customers in Idyllwild.

No word yet on the cause of the fire.