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Wildomar fire 95 percent contained, 866 acres burned

By in Press Enterprise on October 30, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Firefighters hope to have the Wildomar Fire, which has been burning in the hillsides of the Cleveland National Forest since Thursday, contained by Monday evening, officials said.

Updated maps and information shows the wildfire ripped through 866 acres of land and was 95 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to a U.S. Forest Service tweet.

Update on #WildomarFire 866 acres and 95% containment. Full containment expected by 1800. Increased acreage due to better mapping.

— Cleveland NF (@ClevelandNF) October 30, 2017

However, the damage that the fire caused could keep the Wildomar Off-Highway Vehicle Area and a nearby campground in the Cleveland National Forest closed for at least a year, USFS officials said Sunday.

The fire broke out Thursday afternoon at the Wildomar OHV Area west of Wildomar and south of Lake Elsinore when a dirt bike crashed into a tree and some fuel leaked out and caught fire. The 18-year-old driver, who suffered minor injuries, tried to put out the flames, but when he couldn’t, he ran the 2 miles back to his truck and called authorities.

The fire prompted evacuation orders for about 200 homes in the area; residents were allowed back Friday.

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