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Wildomar Fire in Cleveland Grows to 700 Acres; 200 Homes Evacuated

A brush fire burning in southwest Riverside County doubled in size overnight and prompted hundreds of evacuations in the La Cresta community of the Santa Ana Mountains Friday morning.

The Wildomar Fire grew from 350 acres Thursday to 700 acres Friday morning, the Cleveland National Forest stated in a tweet just after 8 a.m.

According to the tweet, the fire continued 15 percent contained and has prompted the evacuation of about 200 homes.

An earlier tweet stated that mandatory evacuations are being forced for inhabitants west of Grand Avenue, north of Avenida La Cresta and south of Calle De Lobo in the La Cresta community.

On Friday a spokeswoman for CalFire told KTLA that no structures have been damaged.

The Murrieta Valley and Lake Elsinore combined school district announced that all schools would be open Friday, but Murrieta Valley stated that bus transportation would be impacted.

The Los Angeles Times reported the fire started about 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wildomar Off-Highway Vehicle area in the Cleveland National Forest when a man crashed his motorcycle into a tree.

The 18-year-old rider tried ineffectively to extinguish the blaze before running about two miles to his truck and then called authorities.

Locals should call the Cleveland National Forest’s Trabuco Ranger District at 951-736-1811 for information on the fire.

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