Firefighters Contain 124-Acre Blaze Near Moreno Valley

By Brandon Lowrey
|  Saturday, May 25, 2013  |  Updated 11:26 PM PDT
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Blaze Chars 124 Acres Near Moreno Valley

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Firefighters with Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department were were struggling to fully contain the "Smiley Fire" north of Moreno Valley on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

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Firefighters contained a 124-acre brush fire in Riverside County on Saturday night, officials said.

The "Smiley Fire" began about 3 p.m. off of Smiley Road near Vista Suelto Road (map), north of Moreno Valley, authorities said. It grew to more than 100 acres within about an hour and a half.

The fire briefly threatened structures shortly after it began, but firefighters were able to protect them, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Cal Fire and the Riverside County firefighters and were expected to remain on scene overnight to mop up.


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