Crews stop forward progress of 30-acre Jurupa Valley fire

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Evacuations ordered for 40-acre blaze in Jurupa Valley
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Firefighters are battling a brush fire in Jurupa Valley that has prompted nearby residents to evacuate the area Thursday afternoon, officials say.

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- A 30-acre blaze in Jurupa Valley prompted evacuation orders Thursday afternoon before firefighters were able to gain the upper hand and stop forward progress.

The blaze, dubbed the Jurupa Fire, erupted along Van Buren Boulevard at about 2:20 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Crews announced shortly before 5 p.m. forward progress was stopped.

At the height of the blaze, evacuation orders were issued for residents in Felspar Street between 54th and 56th streets, and Pedley Road between 54 and 56th streets. All evacuation orders affecting the residences were lifted as of 9 p.m.

Officials said the fire scorched 40 acres, but later reduced the number to 30. The blaze is 40% contained.

Multiple engine and hand crews from the county, Corona and Riverside fire departments, as well as Murrieta Fire & Rescue, were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a moderate rate through heavy vegetation. The fire jumped Van Buren from west to east, approaching transient camps and houses along Pedley Road.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

City News Service contributed to this report.