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Brush fire near Murrieta prompts road closure

Brush fire near Murrieta prompts road closure (Patricia Nankee) (Patricia Nankee)

August 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A brush fire burned about 80 acres near Murrieta Wednesday afternoon. The fire was 20 percent contained by 4 p.m.The fire was burning near the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve west of Murrieta.

The fire reportedly started at approximately 1:15 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Dept.

Firefighters on scene reported the fire was burning at a moderate rate in dense brush.

There were at least 250 firefighters on scene, as well as six air-tankers and three helicopters. Two bulldozers were also assisting firefighting efforts.

The fire started near Clinton Keith Rd. and Avenida La Cresta, according to the fire dept.

The California Highway Patrol was expected to close Clinton Keith Rd. at Bear Creek Rd.

Fire agencies asked SoCal Edison to shut power off in the area as a safety precaution. As a result, there was electrical service interruptions for about 1,000 customers in the area.

No injuries were reported.

No structures were reported threatened.

City News Service contributed to this report.