Cal Fire personnel at scene of wildfire
Cal Fire personnel at the scene of the arson vegetation fire in Perris. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A wildfire caused by arson on the west end of Perris burned 4.5 acres and was 40% contained Friday morning.

The Navajo Fire was reported about 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the area of Navajo Road and Highway 74, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Evacuations were ordered in the area of Park Avenue as flames moved quickly toward properties in the area. The order was lifted around 7 p.m. as crews established protective lines to keep the fire from reaching the homes, the department said.

Progress of the fire was stopped at 5:30 p.m. and authorities later said around the fire was 40% contained.

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