A brush fire that ignited Saturday afternoon at the edge of the Cleveland National Forest and quickly grew to at least 450 acres has prompted evacuation orders.
The massive wildfire spans both Riverside and San Diego counties. On the Riverside County side, it is burning in the southwestern end of La Cresta, an unincorporated community at the foot of the Santa Ana mountains.
Evacuation orders are now in place for those north of Tenaja Truck Trail, south of Calle Cielo, east of Calle Collado and west of Calle Be Bietol, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Additionally, an evacuation warning is in place for those north of Tenaja Road, west of Calle Pino/Gallop Lane, south of Hombre Lane and west of Cleveland National Forest Road.
“Residents should go now,” the fire department said.
The blaze broke out at around 12:40 p.m. near Tenaja and Cleveland Forest roads and was 0% contained, fire officials said.
The fire, being dubbed the Chaparral Fire, was initially measured at up to 25 acres before exploding in size in just a couple of hours.
Firefighters were battling the flames from the ground and air, including the use of four air tankers. U.S. Forest Service fire crews were assisting the 150 firefighters from Riverside and San Diego counties.