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Winchester brush fire forces evac of homes, horses

A brush fire in Winchester on Monday forced the evacuation of at least 11 homes and 50 horses.

August 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A brush fire that charred 455 acres in Riverside County's Winchester area Monday was fully contained by late afternoon, fire officials said. There was minor damage to two homes and two outbuildings.

Flames broke out about 1 p.m. at Menifee and Baxter roads and spread north toward Scott Road, according to county fire officials.

Firefighters battled the blaze by land and air. About 160 firefighters were on the ground.

Evacuations were ordered for at least 11 homes in the area of Briggs Road and Camino de Los Caballos and Lindenberger and Camino de Los Caballos. About 50 horses from the Menifee Meadows equestrian center were also evacuated, officials said.

The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report.