MURRIETA, Calif. (KABC) –
A wildfire that exploded in an unincorporated area of Murrieta in Riverside County on Thursday carbonized 300 acres and destroyed at least one home, Cal Fire officials said.
A house located on a ridge could be seen burning from the air. The fire was 10 percent on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Witnesses near the scene said they could hear the sound of propane tanks exploding in the residences in the distance.
A woman, Lauren Fuga, said she saw her own house burns before her eyes.
"It's just that I do not have words," she said through tears. "It's so horrible, you never think it's going to happen to you, and it can, my house is on fire, my house is on fire"
Towards evening, Fuga learned that his house was only damaged in the back, but when I was looking at it, he said that all he could see were flames everywhere.
The fire, known as the Fire of Freedom, was reported around 1:14 p. m. near Los Alamos Road and Liberty Road and was initially measured on 20 acres, according to fire officials.
As a precautionary measure, all 20 campuses within the Moreno Valley Unified School District will be closed on Friday, and all school events and activities canceled
Evacuation orders were applied on all roads south of Los Angeles. Alamos Road, east of Ruth Ellen Way and west of Briggs Road and the following streets:
– Los Alamos Road
– Liberty Road
– Mary Place
– Via Mira Mosa
– Madelda Lane
– Skipper Road
– Ernest Way
– Mesa Avenue
– Los Alamos Hills
– Whitewood Road, along Via Temprano to Los Alamos
– Spring Knolls Mobile Home Park
A care and reception center has been established at Great Oak High School at 32555 Deer Hollow Way in Temecula and at Mesa High School at 24801 Monroe Street Murrieta, CalFire Riverside officials said.
An animal evacuation center ion (large and small) is available at San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at 581 S. Grand Avenue in San Jacinto, and Animal Friends of the Valley at 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar (only small)
] Murrieta Equestrian Center was also available for horses, as long as they remain in trailers because the pens are full. The center is located at 42670 Juniper St.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District also issued a smoke warning for the southwestern portion of Riverside County.
Officials at Cal Fire Riverside said the fire was burning at a moderate to rapid rate of propagation in heavy fuels amid winds of 20 to 30 mph.
Hundreds of firefighters fought flames on the ground and with air units.
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