A 40-acre brush fire that erupted in Thermal is 35 percent contained Tuesday, but destroyed seven structures, a bus, a RV and 13 vehicles.

The fire broke out for unknown reasons just before 3 p.m. Monday near Martinez Road and Avenue 66, prompting authorities to issue an evacuation order for all residents of the Torres-Martinez Indian Reservation. Martinez Road and Polk Street were also closed between Avenue 66 and Avenue 68.

Riverside County Fire Department crews battled the blaze amid 121-degree temperatures and strong winds, according to the National Weather Service. An excessive heat warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the Coachella Valley this week, warning of high temperatures around 120 degrees through Thursday evening.

Three firefighters sustained unspecified, non-life-threatening injuries during the firefight, and were taken to a hospital.

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