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Firefighters stop 7-acre wildfire in La Cresta community near Murrieta

By in Press Enterprise on December 31, 2017

By Nikie Johnson

A wildfire that burned 7 to 8 acres in the La Cresta area west of Murrieta was 50 percent contained and no longer spreading by Sunday evening, according to a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire news release.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

Eastbound lanes of Clinton Keith Road reopened about 3:30 p.m., but westbound lanes starting at Grand Avenue were expected to stay closed for three to four more hours as firefighters continued working, according to the California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

The Clinton fire was reported just before 1:30 p.m. near Clinton Keith Road and Avenida La Cresta. The La Cresta community, known for large houses on large lots dotting the hillsides, is just to the west, and the Santa Rosa Plateau is to the south.

Someone called 911 to report that a backyard fence was on fire, a CHP incident log said. Video from the scene showed that a long white ranch-style fence up an embankment from the road was burning in multiple locations, as was some vegetation in several spots.

About 150 firefighters, two helicopters, two air tankers and other resources were sent to fight the fire, the Fire Department said. By 2:50 p.m. the fire’s spread was stopped, and by 5 p.m. it was half encircled by containment lines.

A CHP incident log noted that a vehicle malfunction may have had something to do with the fire, but Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said investigators were still working to determine the cause.

Praying so hard. πŸ˜©πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» This is a couple streets from our house. #LaCrestaFire pic.twitter.com/g6rH1qoXnf

β€” Missy Lanning ➳ (@MissyLanning) December 31, 2017

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