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Vegetation fire in Riverside County prompts evacuations

Carlos Lozano, Los Angeles Times on

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A 100-acre vegetation fire erupted Saturday in the Riverside County, Calif., community of Juniper Flats, prompting mandatory evacuations in the area, officials said.

The fire broke out shortly before 6 p.m. in the 2100 block of Horseshoe Trail, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. As of 10:30 p.m., the fire was 0% contained.

Homes west of Warren Road and south of Mulberry Street were placed under mandatory evacuation, officials said. A care and reception center was set up at Tahquitz High School.

No injuries have been reported.

More than 200 firefighters -- assisted by two air tankers and a helicopter -- were battling the blaze, dubbed the Horseshoe fire.


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