Escaped agricultural burn chars 77 acres in De Luz


Last updated 3/3/2009 at Noon

Firefighter Eric Chatham measures wind speed while keeping an eye on the Grande Fire in De Luz Monday, March 2, 2009.

Firefighters are mopping up at the scene of a vegetation fire near Vuelte Grande Road in De Luz, which broke out around 1:30 p.m. Monday. No structures were immediately threatened and full containment is expected Tuesday morning.

The fire began when a permitted agricultural burn got out of control and ignited the hillside south of Avocado Mesa, according to a Riverside County Fire press release.

The fire was 50 percent contained as of 8:30 Monday night, and had burned approximately 77 acres.


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