Homes Burn in Riverside County Fire

Some 60 acres in Riverside County have burned in the vegetation fire that started Thursday afternoon in triple-digit temperatures

Three homes and four other structures have burned in a Riverside County vegetation fire that started Thursday and burned about 60 acres.

The Grapefruit Fire in the southeastern Riverside County community of Thermal was 25 percent contained as of 8:30 a.m. Friday. The vegetation fire was first reported at 2 p.m. Thursday near Grapefruit Boulevard during a day of triple-digit heat in the Coachella Valley.

Four firefighters were transported to the hospital for minor injuries Thursday.

No evacuations were ordered, according to Jennifer Fuhrman at Riverside County Fire.

Grapefruit Boulevard was closed to traffic south of Church Street, however, and train traffic was stopped on tracks near the fire.

According to the Thermal Sheriff's Station, traffic on Grapefruit Boulevard and train traffic resumed Friday morning.

The blaze broke out during Thermal's high temperatures on Thursday, which reached 116 degrees. Temperatures are expected to hit 114 degrees Friday, and 113 degrees on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

High temperatures and drought conditions have made California wildfires even more prominent.

The Lake Fire burning south of Jenks Lake this week, had burned an estimated 11,000 acres as of Friday morning.

What started the Grapefruit Fire has yet to be determined.

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