Homes in eastern Murrieta have been evacuated as a fire grew to 220 acres amid "horrendous" winds on Thursday afternoon.
Liberty's fire evacuation order covers all streets south of a 3-mile stretch of Los Alamos Road, between Ruth Ellen Way and Briggs Road, the Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire Department said.
Two evacuation centers for people and one for animals have been established:
- High Oak High School, 32555 Deer Hollow Way, Temecula
- Mesa High School, 24801 Monroe St., Murrieta
- San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto (for young and old Animals)
Students were released early from Monte Vista Elementary, Rail Ranch Elementary, Lisa J Mails, Dorothy McElhainey and Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta police announced on social media.
The fire was reported around 1:15 p.m. in the Los Alamos and Liberty area, according to a press release from Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire. There was no containment after 3:30 p.m.
The origin of the fire occurred just outside the city limits of Murrieta and approximately one mile west of Winchester Road. With strong Santa Ana winds blowing from the northeast, the evacuations cover an area southwest of that point. Most of that area is mountainous and rural, but there are some stretches of densely populated housing nearby.
Dozens of people were in Los Alamos Sports Park at the western end of the evacuated area, watching the fire fight.
I'm just praying for everyone to leave, "said Rocheen Andrews, who lives nearby and is ready to grab pets, pictures and the family Bible if ordered to evacuate." The winds are horrible. "
About 260 firefighters They have been called to help.
While the crews were trying to put out the fire, the Murrieta police reported a new separate fire on Guava Street and Hayes Avenue, Fire officials and police have not responded to messages seeking additional information
Additional fire report in the Guava / Hayes area Fire route and PD
– Murrieta Police Department (@MurrietaPD) December 7, 2017
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