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Crews Contain Small Fire at Murrieta, Menifee Border

A small brush fire near the Mapleton housing tract was held to less than an acre Monday afternoon, Murrieta fire Chief Matt Shobert said.

Murrieta and CAL FIRE/Riverside County firefighters worked together to quickly put out a small brush fire that broke out Monday afternoon at the Murrieta/Menifee border.

The fire was reported at about 3 p.m. in a greenbelt area between the Mapleton tract and another housing tract, Murrieta fire Chief Matt Shobert confirmed.

The blaze was confined to an area near the cross streets of Tulita, Bellamy and Marigold lanes in the city of Murrieta, Shobert confirmed.

"CAL FIRE hit it from the north and we hit it from the south," Shobert said.

Crews held the fire to less than an acre in size, Shobert said.

The humidity level helped crews gain control quickly, although the weather was also hot and windy, Shobert said.

The cause was still under investigation.

A resident reportedly heard what could have been fireworks before the fire broke out, according to preliminary information.

Shobert said that was "reported but not confirmed."

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