A wildfire is burning in the area of Fairview Avenue and Baptista Canyon Road, near Hemet in Riverside County, California.
The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.
CAL FIRE Officials state the fire started just before 1600 hours PT this afternoon and when firefighters were responding, they reported a large black column of smoke.
The Lead Fire Agency is CAL FIRE / Riverside County FD Unit.
Incident Cooperators include: CAL FIRE – Riverside County, OCFA PIO, ALERT Wildfire, and Tanker 912.
The fire has burned approximately 500 acres.
Fire behavior appears to be burning with a rapid rate of spread and threatening structures.
>> South of Thornton Avenue, North of Polly Butte Road, West of Fairview Avenue, East of State Street. View the interactive map here: https://tinyurl.com/Fairviewfire <<
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The fire can be seen from SR79 at Anza Road in Temecula and near Washington in French Valley.
This is a developing incident. Please check back for updates.
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