Chaparral Fire In Cleveland National Forest 13% Contained At 1,500 Acres
A brush fire straddling San Diego and Riverside counties had burned 1,500 acres and was 13% contained Monday, with some evacuation orders remaining in place along with a smoke advisory.
The wildfire started at 25 acres near the edge of the Cleveland National Forest on Saturday afternoon near Tenaja and Cleveland Forest roads. It exploded to 1,425 acres by 7 a.m. Sunday, when the Riverside County Fire Department reported that one firefighter has suffered minor injuries and two structures were destroyed.
Evacuation orders were in place for areas north of the Tenaja Truck Trail, south of Calle Cielo, east of Calle Collado and west of Calle Be Bietol, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Evacuation warning were also in place for those north of Tenaja Road, west of Calle Pino/Gallop Lane, south of Hombre Lane and west of Cleveland National Forest Road.
An evacuation center was established at Murrieta Valley High School, 42200 Nighthawk Way, fire officials said.
Small animals can be taken to Animal Friends of the Valleys, 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar. Large animals can be taken to the San Jacinto Animal Shelter, 581 S. Grand Ave., in San Jacinto.
Firefighters were battling the flames from the ground and air, including the use of four air tankers. Fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Murrieta, Hemet and Corona were assisting the 150 firefighters from San Diego and Riverside counties.
The Orange County Fire Authority tweeted a picture of one of its helicopters making a water drop over a home.
The smoke could be seen from Orange and San Diego counties.