'Manzanita' wildfire scorches 1200 acres south of Beaumont


Cal Fire officials said the cause of the brush fire was a single-car crash.

The Manzanita Fire has scorched 1200 acres and is now burning in the area of Hwy 79 North, Lambs Canyon south of Dump Road, south of Beaumont, according to the Cal Fire website.

A fire has scorched more than 500 acres south of Beaumont on June 26, 2017. It then jumped to at least 5,000 acres at 11:45 p.m., according to the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

BEAUMONT - Nearly 400 firefighters are battling a fire that has scorched 1,200 acres and that officials say is now 0% contained.

Voluntary evacuations have been issued for Longhorn Road, Death Valley Road and Shirleon Road.

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The fire, dubbed the Manzanita Fire, has burned 1200 acres and has 0% containment at 6:30 p.m. There have been no reported injuries related to the fire other than the two occupants of the vehicle that crashed on SR-79 and started the fire.

Fire officials shut down Highway 79 for hours before reopening the southbound lanes and one of the northbound lanes late Monday night.

CAL FIRE/Riverside County firefighters are on the scene.

Evacuation warnings were issued for the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley. Riverside County sheriff's officials said they "accidentally" put out evacuation alerts to residents in cities where there is no fire, including Norco, Corona and Jurupa Valley.