Firefighters continued working Tuesday to contain the smoldering remnants of a wildfire that spread over hundreds of acres in San Diego and Riverside counties after erupting over the weekend in rural Murrieta.
As of late Tuesday morning, crews had the burn area of the 1,427-acre blaze, dubbed the Chaparral Fire, about 50% contained, according to Cal Fire.
At midday, authorities lifted all evacuation orders prompted by the fire, allowing residents of neighborhoods north of Tenaja Truck Trail, south of Calle Cielo, east of Calle Collado and west of Calle Be Bietol to return to their homes, the state agency reported.
The blaze, which leveled two structures and left a firefighter with minor injuries, broke out for unknown reasons about 12:45 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Cleveland Forest and Tenaja roads in the Cold Springs area, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
As the flames spread, authorities established a temporary evacuation center at Murrieta Valley High School for those displaced by the fire.
At the height of the blaze, personnel with Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, Murrieta Fire & Rescue, and the Corona and Hemet fire departments — a contingent of more than 500 firefighters — battled the blaze on the ground and aboard firefighting airplanes and helicopters.
Updated at 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021
— City News Service