Calif. Firefighters’ Overnight Efforts Raises Containment Of Tenaja Fire Near Murrieta To 20%

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Firefighters battling a fast-moving brush fire that has scorched 2,000 acres in the hillsides near Murrieta increased containment of the blaze to 20% overnight, state fire officials said Friday.kp1009_Baxman.jpg

 

Nearly 900 firefighters have been assigned to the Tenaja fire in Riverside County, which erupted around 4p.m. on Wednesday near Tenaja and Clinton Keith roads on a day marked by thunderstorms in the region, officials said.

 

While the blaze burned all the way down to the Copper Canyon neighborhood in Murrieta on Thursday, crews stopped the flames before any homes were destroyed, said Capt. Fernando Herrera, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

 

“The fire probably came within a couple thousand feet of homes,” he said.

The blaze, which has forced hundreds of people from their homes, is threatening 1,200 structures. Two structures have received a small amount of cosmetic damage, according to fire officials.

 

One firefighter suffered a non-life-threatening injury in the blaze. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

 

On Wednesday and Thursday, the fire was most active in the midafternoon. Forecasters and fire officials said the same could happen Friday as it was expected to be another hot, somewhat dry day, with humidity at about 30% and gusts up to 15 mph in the late morning and afternoon.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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