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Cooking fire sparked Riverside County blaze, officials say
Cooking fire sparked Riverside County blaze, officials say

A brush fire that quickly spread through chest-high vegetation at Prado Dam near Corona was sparked by an unattended cooking fire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The Highway fire — named for its proximity to the interchange of Highways 71 and 91 — had burned about 1,020 acres and was 35% contained early Monday, Riverside County fire officials said.  About 300 evacuations were lifted overnight when near-perfect weather helped firefighters gain an edge over the flames. Overnight temperatures dropped into the 50s and humid air soaked the mountains while the winds died down to a gentle breeze, said National Weather Service meteorologist Brett...

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