Smiley Fire: 100 acres burned near Moreno Valley


Firefighters from the Riverside County and Redlands fire departments were battling a 100-acre wildland fire Saturday afternoon in Reche Canyon, north of Moreno Valley.

The blaze, known as the Smiley Fire, was first reported around 3 p.m. Located at the intersection of Smiley Boulevard and Vista Suelto Road, it was burning at a “moderate rate,” according to a dispatch from the Riverside County Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

As of 4:30 p.m., no one had been evacuated from the area, and no structures were under threat. The agencies did not report how the fire started or how much progress toward containment fire crews had made. Three air tankers and 210 firefighters were battling the blaze.


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