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A fire that broke out Friday at an outdoor shooting range west of Perris charred 33 acres before being fully contained.

The non-injury “Christmas Fire” was reported just before 1 p.m. at Christmas Tree Lane and Santa Rosa Mine Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

An agency spokeswoman said 12 engine crews and four hand crews, numbering 60 personnel, deployed to the wildfire, supported by two air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter.

The blaze’s forward rate of spread was stopped about 2:30 p.m., and was 100 percent contained by 6 p.m., according to the fire department.

Along with county fire crews, personnel from the Corona, Murrieta and Riverside fire departments, as well as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, were sent to battle the brusher under a mutual aid pact.

No homes or other structures were damaged.

Crews are expected to be mopping up well into the night.

Reports from the scene indicated that gunfire at the range may have sparked the fire, though that has not been confirmed.

–City News Service

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