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Brush fire in Corona burns 110 acres, but firefighters halt its progress

Brush fire near Lake Mathews
A brush fire near Lake Mathews had covered 110 acres by 6 p.m.

A brush fire broke out Monday evening in Corona, burning 110 acres in less than two hours, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

The fire, first reported at 4:20 p.m., spread from the intersection of La Sierra Avenue and Cajalco Road near Lake Matthews.

Burning at a “critical rate,” the blaze had covered 110 acres by 6 p.m., when scores of firefighters, helicopters and air tankers managed to halt its spread, authorities said.

As of 6:15 p.m., the fire was 25% contained.

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The Riverside County and Corona fire departments dispatched 172 firefighters, three helicopters and four air tankers to battle the flames. No injuries or property damage was reported early Monday evening.


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