3,000-Acre Summit Fire Fully Contained


A massive wildfire burning for three days in Riverside County is 100 percent contained Saturday evening.

The Summit Fire consumed 3,166 acres near Banning and destroyed at least one home, according to Riverside County Fire Department officials.

It was first of several fires to break out in Southern California since May 1, when dry winds began whipping through the region, bringing with them near triple-digit temperatures.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the Summit Fire, which forced the evacuations of some 700 residents.

The blaze was reported at 12:38 p.m. Wednesday at 10 acres. By 6 p.m. Wednesday, it had grown to consume at least 1,700 acres and continued growing for hours, fanned by winds of up to 41 mph.

The cause of the wildfire is under investigation.

Nine miles north of the Summit Fire, a 650-acre brush fire broke out Saturday, officials to temporarily shut down an 8-mile stretch of Highway 243 through Banning.

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