California wildfires: Fires in Riverside and San Diego break out

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection made quick work of a pair of fires in San Bernardino and San Diego counties Friday afternoon, as the bulk of their resources remained focused on the Springs fire in Camarillo.

A brush fire broke out about 11:45 a.m. next to the 10 freeway by Wabash Avenue in Redlands and furiously scaled the hillside, said Bill Peters, a battalion chief for Cal Fire’s San Bernardino division.

About 150 firefighters from several fire departments in the area rushed to the area and attacked the flames. By 1 p.m., firefighters had stopped the blaze’s forward progress. It burned only 20 acres and officials expect to have it out by 8 p.m., Peters said.


Meanwhile in San Diego, a brush fire broke out near the Mexican border near the Otay Mesa mountains.

About 2:20 p.m., authorities responded to a fire east of Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego County. The blaze scorched through 120 acres and briefly threatened a salvage yard. But an onshore wind and increased humidity gave firefighters the upper advantage.

Firefighters have the blaze contained and are investigating its cause. No damage or injuries were reported.


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