Aug. 20, 2012: A wildfire consumed about 500 acres in Riverside County near Diamond Valley Lake, according to fire officials.
A wildfire in Winchester that scorched about 500 acres and injured at least two firefighters was fully contained Monday night, officials said.
The blaze was reported shortly before noon Monday. As of 8 p.m., the fire was 100 percent contained with full control expected by Tuesday at about 6 p.m., according to an incident report posted online by the Riverside County Fire Department.
Ground firefighting crews will remain on the scene throughout the night, officials said.
Winds spread the flames, which grew from 25 acres at noon, to 45 acres at 12:50 p.m., to 250 acres at 1:40 p.m., to 500 acres at 3:50 p.m.
More than 260 firefighters, four helicopters and four air tankers responded to the blaze near Vista and Rawson roads near Diamond Valley Lake. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries, according to the report.
While the flames did not reach nearby mobile homes, residents say the quickly-growing wildfire was too close for comfort.
“It was extremely close," said Ricky Rodriguez. "I really thought I was going to lose my trailer right there."
At one point, Rodriguez was shoveling away to save his home when he was drenched in fire retardant by an aerial assault. But he wasn't complaining.
“Thank God they were here to save my trailer,” he said.