A brush fire burning in the unincorporated Nuevo area of Riverside County near Hemet was 35% contained Friday morning, and fire crews held it at 200 acres, as all evacuation warnings were lifted.
The non-injury blaze dubbed the Cerritos Fire was reported about 2 a.m. Thursday in the 23900 block of California Avenue, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
A reported 180 firefighters from several area fire departments were assigned to the firefight along with water-dropping aircraft.
No homes or structures were damaged.
Crews on Thursday battled red flag conditions, including wind gusts of up to 35 mph, but were able to keep the brusher from devouring additional acreage.
The first crews on scene reported about 10 acres of brush had burned and the fire was moving at a moderate rate of spread. Within an hour and a half, the fire had grown to 200 acres, the department said.
No evacuation orders or non-mandatory evacuation warnings were in effect as of Friday morning.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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