AGUANGA, Calif. (KABC) — Firefighters battled two wildfires in Riverside County on Tuesday as alerts were extended for many parts of Southern California due to strong winds and dry conditions.
The latest fire, which broke out Monday evening near Mount Rubidoux, burned about 30 acres. No buildings were threatened by the flames.
No injuries were reported, but officials said two hikers were safely evacuated from the area after the fire.
Winds died down enough overnight for firefighters to bring the fire under control, but some remained on scene until morning to ensure it didn’t start again.
Meanwhile, another fire has broken out in Aguanga, scorching an estimated 1,219 acres and was 0% contained as of Tuesday morning.
According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the Highland fire was reported just before 1 p.m. Monday in the area of Highlands and Aguanga Ranchos roads, near the intersection of Highways 79 and 371.
According to officials, the flames crossed Highway 371 shortly after 3 p.m. and moved west-southwest toward residences in the 45100 and 45800 blocks of Highway 371.
This fire resulted in evacuation orders being issued for the area including Boulder Vista Street to the west, Becker Lane to the east, Cottonwood Creek to the north, Golden Eagle Drive to the south, Highway 371 to the south, Soreson to the west, etc .includes County Line Road to the north.
An evacuation warning has been issued for the area including Shirley Way to the west, Vail Lake Resort to the east, David Street to the north, Pueblo Road to the south, the Cahuilla Tribal Reservation Boundary to the west and County Line Road to the north . Cleveland National Forest to the north, Watts Road to the south, Esplendida Way, Avenida Bravura, Pauba Road to the east, De Portola Road and Round Top Canyon Road to the west.
CHP officers have closed Highway 79 at County Line Road for public safety. The intersection 79/371 was also closed and motorists were rerouted.
The Santa Ana winds that swept across the region contributed to the increased fire danger, but the cause of both fires remains under investigation.
Meanwhile, the warning for many areas has been extended until 2pm on Tuesday.
City News Service contributed to this report.