Evacuation orders in Jurupa Valley brush fire lifted

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (CNS) – Evacuation orders from the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center prompted by a 60-acre bushfire were lifted Friday afternoon.

The fire was 10% contained and was first reported at 12:49 p.m. near Granite Hill Drive and Pyrite Street along the westbound lanes of State Route 60, according to the State Fire Department. Riverside County.

Initially, fire officials said the fire was between two and three acres and was burning in light, flashy fuels at a moderate rate of spread. They later said the fire grew to 100 acres before reducing that figure to 60 acres.

“Fast work by firefighters halted the rate of spread of the fire,” county firefighters said in a tweet at 2:56 p.m.

Evacuation orders issued for the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, a mostly outdoor facility offering earth science activities for families at 7621 Granite Hill Drive, were lifted at 3:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, authorities said Granite Hill Drive was closed in both directions and firefighters asked the public to be careful when traveling in the area.

According to the National Weather Service, the flames were fanned by gusts of wind that were expected to reach up to 60 mph.

Mountains, deserts and passes in Riverside County are subject to a wind advisory until 6 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters said firefighters would remain at the scene overnight

There were no reports of injuries or damaged structures from the fire. There were no reports of injuries or damaged structures from the fire.

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