A brush fire in the Juniper Flats area between Perris and San Jacinto has burned at least 250 acres and was 20% contained as of Sunday morning, authorities said.
It was reported at 5:52 p.m. Saturday in the 21000 block of Horseshoe Trail, Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Rob Roseen said.
The blaze was first reported at 10 acres but jumped to 75 acres by 6:40 p.m., Roseen said. It then jumped to 100 acres by 8:40 p.m. but doubled in size overnight.
“The first arriving engine reported the fire burning in heavy fuels with a moderate rate of spread,” Roseen said.
The Riverside County Fire Department ordered the mandatory evacuation of 200 residents from 60 homes at 7:20 p.m. Saturday in the community of Mayberry in San Jacinto to the west of Warren Road and south of Mulberry Street. The evacuation order remained in place Sunday morning although there were no reports of structure damage.
A care and reception center was set up at Tahquitz High School, 4425 Titan Trail in Hemet, Roseen said.
More than 200 firefighters were assigned to battle the blaze, along with two air tankers and one helicopter, he said.
No injuries have been reported.
A smoke advisory triggered by the fire was issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District through Monday morning, with air quality potentially becoming unhealthy for sensitive groups in San Jacinto, Beaumont, Calimesa, Banning and Cabazon.
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