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200-acre Murrieta brush fire nearly contained

A helicopter makes a drop over a fire in Murrieta on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012.

September 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A wildfire that raced through Murrieta over the weekend kept firefighters busy overnight. They were still at the scene Monday to keep hot spots from flaring up.

The blaze broke out Sunday afternoon near the 39000 block of via Temprano. Winds fanned the flames, which burned about 200 acres.

The fire is about 90 percent contained. It had been reduced mainly to embers but still posed a potential threat if afternoon winds pushed it over fire lines, Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert said.

At one point, the fire threatened as many as 200 homes in the Los Alamos Hills neighborhood. At least one outbuilding and an RV were damaged.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.