U.S. Forest Service

Firefighters Gain Ground on Banning Pass Fire

A fire that spread through grasslands in the Banning Pass area of Southern California is now 75 percent contained and crews expect to fully surround it by Friday afternoon.

Authorities say the blaze that erupted Thursday before noon has burned 105 acres of land but no homes are threatened.

The fire is about 85 miles (136.8 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. At its peak, 190 firefighters and 10 aircraft fought the flames.

Temperatures hit the 90s in the area and could reach 100 on Friday.

In rural Riverside County, a 28-acre fire near the community of Nuevo was 70 percent contained.

No homes are threatened.

Several other fires of no more than a few acres were reported around Southern California but authorities managed to quickly get a handle on them.

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