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Evacuation Order Lifted For Fire Burning in Juniper Flats

Fire officials Sunday afternoon lifted all evacuation orders related to a fire in the Juniper Flats area between Perris and San Jacinto that has chewed through at least 490 acres of brush and was 20% contained.

Two hundred residents from 60 homes in the community of Mayberry in San Jacinto had been under evacuation orders from the Riverside County Fire Department.

The orders were issued Saturday evening and affected homes west of Warren Road and south of Mulberry Street. Residents returning home were advised to yield to fire equipment and personnel still in the area working to get a handle on the blaze.

So far, there have been no reports of structure damage. The blaze was reported at 5:52 p.m. Saturday near the 21000 block of Horseshoe Trail, RCFD spokesman Rob Roseen said.

First reported at 10 acres, the so-called Horseshoe Fire jumped to 75 acres by 6:40 p.m., Roseen said. It then jumped to 100 acres by 8:40 p.m. but doubled in size overnight.

"The first arriving engine reported the fire burning in heavy fuels with a moderate rate of spread," Roseen said.

More than 200 firefighters were assigned to battle the blaze, along with two air tankers and one helicopter, he said. No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

A smoke advisory triggered by the blaze was issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District through Monday morning, with air quality potentially becoming unhealthy for sensitive groups in San Jacinto, Beaumont, Calimesa, Banning and Cabazon.

Copyright CNS - City News Service
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