'Manzanita' wildfire scorches 1200 acres south of Beaumont


California fire officials issued evacuation warnings for some residents in Riverside County on Monday night after a vehicle crash ignited a 5,000-acre brush fire in a remote area located about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. According to Riverside County Fire department, as of June 26 at 3:30 p.m., approximately 30 acres burned on the west side of Highway 79 and 50 acres burned on the east side of Highway 79.

A brush fire erupted Monday along state Route 79 south of Beaumont, rapidly charring more than 1200 acres and prompting the California Highway Patrol to close the highway, but no homes or other structures were immediately threatened. Two people involved in the crash were taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

Voluntary evacuation orders were issued for Higland Home, Death Valley, Longhorn and Shirleon drives.

The cause of the fire was determined to be the result of a traffic collision with fire.

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Officials updated at 11:45 p.m., that firefighters had achieved ten percent containment on the "Manzanita Fire", which has already scorched about 5,000 acres.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said the Emergency Alert evacuation notice, is for Riverside Co residents only; no threat to San Bernardino county residents.

At least three helicopters, eight air tankers, fifteen inmate fire crews, four water tenders, five bulldozers and a helitender were at the scene, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer Jody Hagemann told Valley News.