Murrieta Fire Spreads to 150 Acres, 30 to 40 Percent Contained

Story updated at 10:10 p.m.

A brush fire burning near homes in a Murrieta neighborhood was 30 to 40 percent contained by 10 p.m. Sunday, a fire official said.

Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert said the fire, which is still under investigation, has burned about 150 acres but that flames appeared to be dying down overnight.

Shobert said he could not confirm reports that from three to five homes were destroyed. No injuries have been reported.

Riverside County firefighters joined the Murrieta Fire Department in fighting the brush fire, which earlier was reported to be spreading at "moderate to rapid" speeds, according to fire officials.

The fire was reported at 4:45 p.m. Sunday in the area of the 39300 block of Via Temprano, near Whitewood Road southeast of Interstate 15. A voluntary evacuation center was opened at Vista Murrieta High School on Clinton Keith Road.

Twenty seven engine crews and one helicopter responded. As firefighters fought the brush fire, a plume of smoke drifted north toward Menifee and could be seen for miles.


  1. I was wondering about air quality and our pets? If we live in menifee will we be effected?