Multiple wildfires in Southern California

John Ventuleth from Hemet sent in a photo from Red Mountain Road at Empty Saddle Trail.

July 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Firefighters, including nearly two dozen from Tulare County, are battling a large brush fire.

It's burning in Riverside County near the town of Hemet.

Residents were told Thursday night to leave their homes ahead of the 350-acre fire. Some of those residents are now at an evacuation center at a nearby high school.

It's believed this fire started after lightning ignited brush in the area. A storm cell moved into Southern California Thursday afternoon.

The fire is only 10-percent contained. But another fire near Temecula has burned 700-acres and is only 15-percent contained.

Lightning strikes caused brush fires all over Southern California Thursday including one a few miles away in Lake Elsinore. Several homes had to be evacuated after the fire spread quickly. Two homes burned down, and one deputy burned his arm when he rushed into the home to rescue an elderly woman.


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