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Fire Chars Brush, Briefly Threatens Homes in Murrieta

The fire was reported at 1:30 p.m. and burned six to eight acres in a field north of Los Alamos Road near Menifee Road.

Firefighters work to contain a fire in Murrieta on May 4, 2014.  Photo courtesy: Lane Media
Firefighters work to contain a fire in Murrieta on May 4, 2014. Photo courtesy: Lane Media

Firefighters Sunday got containment lines around most of a small brushfire that briefly threatened 30 homes in northeast Murrieta.

The fire was reported at 1:30 p.m. and burned six to eight acres in a field north of Los Alamos Road near Menifee Road. No injuries were reported and no one was evacuated from their homes, Murrieta Fire Capt. Matt Corelli said.

[RELATED:  Check out a photo slideshow of the fire in Murrieta from Lane Media here.]

Seventy-five firefighters, 15 fire engines, some hand crews and three air tankers were used to achieve 80 percent containment after 90 minutes.

The fire forced the closure of Los Alamos Road between Briggs and Whitewood roads, Corelli said. A dirt road that is part of Clinton Keith Road was also closed.

The roads were expected to remain closed for up to three hours. A cause was under investigation, Corelli said.


— City News Service.



Sherry May 05, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Bravo! good job! There were pretty strong winds today so to get the fire under control that fast... these guys hustled! Grateful you're part of this community!
DeMarie Rossi May 05, 2014 at 01:48 AM
Thank you guys for a job well done. Our family appreciates you all.
Psychic One May 05, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Too close for comfort for some folks. This time of the year frightens me. Hopefully this fire wasn't deliberately started. For those folks who think our firemen are over paid and spend their time sitting around playing video games think again. It's times like this you'll be thank for their quick action and thorough training.

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