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Visible smoke is from vegetation fire northwest of De Luz


Last updated 10/26/2017 at Noon

The North County Fire Protection District reports a vegetation fire northwest of De Luz is responsible for the smoke that some locals are seeing. Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service-Cleveland are on scene and North County Fire reports there is "no threat to the district at this time."

Firefighters were fighting an approximately 200-acre brush fire burning in heavy fuels in the hills south of the Ortega Highway and northwest of Murrieta, Cleveland National Forest officials said.

The fire was burning about two miles into the Cleveland National Forest wilderness near the Wildomar OHV area, a series of trails for off-road vehicles to explore, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Olivia Walker said.

The trails are off Los Alamos Truck Trail, and are about 15 miles away from Lake Elsinore and 30 miles away from San Juan Capistrano, according to a U.S. Forest Service website.

Walker said she didn’t know how contained the fire was but said the Forest Service had a variety of resources on it, including aircraft. A Tweet sent out from the agency at 1:47 p.m. announced that additional resources were being requested to help with the fire


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