A 350-acre wildfire just north of Moreno Valley was 97% contained Saturday, with no homes or other structures threatened.
The non-injury “Reche Fire” was reported at 12:55 p.m. Thursday on Reche Canyon Road, near Reche Vista Drive and started with a trailer fire that jumped into surrounding vegetation, propelled by intense Santa Ana winds, officials said.
Conditions improved significantly Friday, as wind speeds were half of Thursday’s, and stayed relatively calm Saturday, keeping the fire from gaining ground, according to reports from the scene.
The flame front on Thursday pushed west into rugged terrain, leading to mandatory evacuations on Reche Vista north of Country Road; Covey Road at Perris Boulevard; and Reche Canyon east of Reche Vista and west of Locust Avenue.
Evacuation orders were lifted at 9 p.m. Thursday. Reche Canyon Drive from Reche Vista to Locust Drive had been completely closed during the peak of the firefight, but has since reopened.
Sixteen engine crews and a truck company, along with two hand crews — totaling nearly 100 personnel — deployed in response to the wildfire, aided by two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter, according to the fire department.
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