Firefighters stop growth of Chaparral fire near Murrieta – Press-Enterprise


Firefighters were able to halt the growth of a wildfire that was burning near Murrieta on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest overnight, officials said Monday, Aug. 30.

The Chaparral fire, which had gobbled up 1,430 acres, was 13% contained as of Monday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The number of acres burned decreased from what was reported Sunday evening, but was adjusted after better mapping of the area, officials said.

About 420 crew members had a successful day on Sunday and officials were optimistic about the fire fight during the next few days, said Jake Rodriguez, a National Forest Service spokesman.

“I think we’re going to see containment numbers go up in the next day or two,” Rodriguez said. “They’re making a lot of progress out there.”

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Evacuation orders and warnings for parts of unincorporated county area near Murrieta were still in place on Monday.

At least two structures were destroyed and one firefighter had minor injuries as of Sunday.



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