Wildfires

5,800-acre wildfire burning near Beaumont is 20% contained

5,800-acre wildfire burning near Beaumont is 20% contained

A fast-moving wildfire that has scorched 5,800 acres of rugged terrain just south Beaumont in Riverside County was 20% contained late Tuesday morning as firefighters battled the flames with air drops and ground crews.

The Manzanita fire, which was sparked Monday by a car crash along Highway 79 in the San Jacinto Mountains, has been fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and wind gusts of up to 35 mph.

“Those are very favorable conditions for spreading a fire,” said National Weather Service lead forecaster Greg Martin. “The only way to make it worse were if winds were a little stronger, but that’s about it.”

Riverside County authorities...

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