Jurupa Valley Fire Fully Contained After Burning 311 Acres

The blaze began Thursday afternoon and threatened homes and caused a power outage

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    The Jurupa Valley fire came "way too close," one area resident said.

    A wildfire that burned an estimated 311 acres over two days in Riverside County was fully contained by firefighters as of 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

    The blaze, which began late Thursday afternoon in the Jurupa Valley area, had quickly spread 150 acres and continued to grow Friday morning.

    It was largely under control Friday, but was not fully contained until Saturday evening, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

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    With wind and hot temperatures expected over the weekend, firefighters aren't taking any chances as they continue to stamp out a blaze that has consumed at least 311 acres in the Riverside area. Many residents were prepared for the fire, but one nearly lost her home to the flames Thursday night. Jacob Rascon reports from Riverside for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on March 1, 2013.

    The fire blackened the land and threatened homes, prompting a voluntary evacuation order and causing some homeowners to take the firefight into their own hands Thursday evening. A mobile home and a storage building were damaged.

    More than 1,800 Riverside residents were without power due to the fire.

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    Riverside resident Jennifer Heath didn't try to conceal her feelings about the latest brush fire to threaten her home. "I'm scared to death," she said Thursday evening, as flames continued to flare up. Janet Kwak reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2013.

    No one was injured during the fire, which came during unseasonably warm days in Southern California. It began at Rio Road and Calle Hermosa, near Rancho Jurupa Park.

    Nearly 200 firefighters from Riverside and Orange counties, the Penchanga and Morongo Indian Reservations and the cities of Riverside, Murrieta and Corona, as well as hand crews consisting of prison inmates fought the fire.

    The cause remains under investigation.

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