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Thermal brush fire contained at 350 acres

A brush fire burns in Thermal, Riverside County, on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
March 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A brush fire in Thermal, a rural area near Indio, was contained Saturday after charring 350 acres.

The fire was fully contained by about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night, after destroying an outbuilding, downing power lines and prompting the closure of a nearby highway, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

No injuries were reported. The blaze erupted around 4:30 p.m. near Avenue 66 and Pierce Street, according to Cal Fire. Smoke could be seen from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where some of the world's top tennis players were competing in the BNP Paribas Open.

About 148 firefighters and two air tankers responded and attacked the fire from the air.

Both directions of Highway 86 reopened between Avenue 86 and Avenue 80 shortly after the blaze was contained.


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