A fast-moving fire that broke out in Hemet Monday afternoon quickly spread to 500 acres.
The Fairview Fire was reported at 3:37 p.m. on Fairview Ave. and Bautista Road.
Initial reports said it had burned at least 20 acres of vegetation and was spreading at a rapid rate, the department said. That figure grew to 500 acres in less than an hour.
Evacuations were ordered for an area south of Thornton Avenue, north of Polly Butte Road, west of Fairview Avenue and east of State Street, Cal Fire Riverside reported at 5:03 p.m.