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Wildfire forces evacuations in Riverside County

Posted: February 28, 2013 7:31 p.m.
Updated: February 28, 2013 7:31 p.m.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Riverside County firefighters say evacuations are under way as a fast-moving blaze near a number of homes and buildings continues to grow in Rancho Jurupa Regional Park.

Fire spokeswoman Jody Hageman says homes along Greenbrier Drive and Rio Rancho Way in the city of Riverside are being asked to voluntarily evacuate as Thursday night's fire burns out of control.

About 200 firefighters, a helicopter and other equipment have been dispatched to the fire that is sending up huge billows of smoke that are visible throughout the region. Power lines are down in the south end of the park.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for gusty offshore winds in Riverside County valleys, which may be fanning the flames. The advisory is in effect until 2 p.m. Saturday.


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