Moreno Valley

Quick-moving Rabbit Fire scorches thousands of acres in Moreno Valley

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A quick-moving brush fire in Moreno Valley continued to spread into the weekend, scorching thousands of acres and forcing people to flee their homes.

The “Rabbit Fire” was reported around 4 p.m. Friday and quickly ballooned in size as it burned just north of Mystic Lake, near the intersection of Gilman Springs Road and Jack Rabbit Trail, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. It had consumed some 7,600 acres by around 9 p.m. Saturday, with 10% containment as of Sunday morning.

The blaze sent a large plume of smoke billowing into the sky. A smoky haze enveloped the area as the fire continued to burn for over a day.

A road closure was in place on Gilman Springs Road from Alessandro Boulevard to Highway 79, and Bridge Street from Gilman Springs Road to the Ramona Expressway. There was also a road closure for Highway 79 from Gilman Springs Road to California Avenue.

At around 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, an evacuation order was issued North of Gilman Springs Road, East of Jack Rabbit Trail, South of First Street, West of California Avenue and Highway 79 (Lambs Canyon), according to Cal Fire.

An evacuation warning has been issued North and West of Highway 79 (Lambs Canyon), South of First Street, East of California Avenue.

Residents were asked to avoid the area.

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The Rabbit Fire was burning near the so-called Reche Fire, which broke out around 1 p.m. and had scorched some 437 acres and was 50% contained Saturday night.

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