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Wildomar fire is 60% contained

By in Press Enterprise on October 28, 2017

By Monica Rodriguez

WILDOMAR >> A blaze in the Cleveland National Forest near Wildomar that firefighters have been battling for three days has chared 850 acres but is now 60 percent contained, authorities reported Saturday morning, Oct. 28.

The fire, which began Thursday, prompted authorities to issue evacuation orders for about 200 homes in the area but those orders were lifted Friday, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

All roads in the area are open, but “all recreational activities around the fire area are prohibited,” the fire department said in a news release.

The fire broke out when the driver of dirt bike crashed into a tree.

An 18-year-old Ladera Ranch man was on the bike when he hit a pump on the road and ran into a tree on a trail in the Wildomar Off-Highway Vehicle Area in the Cleveland National Forest, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The dirt bike driver’s 2001 Yamaha had a mechanical problem. The bike’s throttle became stuck, revved up and ignited fuel that leaked from its tank, CHP officials said.

The bike’s driver sustained minor injuries in the crash but tried to extinguish the fire and when he was unable to do so got in his truck and drove two miles to call authorities.

Firefighters reached the area and found the fire had spread at a moderate rate through thick brush in the Off-Highway Vehicle Area located off the Los Alamos Truck Trail and near South Main Divide.

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