By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

Firefighters making progress on blazes in De Luz, Temecula Valley Wine Country

 

Last updated 5/5/2018 at 10:46am

Update: 10:32 a.m., May 5, 2018

Two fires which began Friday in the Temecula area were mostly contained by the following morning, according to fire officials.

The 75-acre Tornado fire, burning in the unincorporated community of De Luz, was 75 percent contained and the 26-acre Woodchuck fire burning in Temecula Valley Wine Country was 90 percent contained according to updates from a fire department spokeswoman.

The fires broke out within hours of each other late Friday afternoon.

The Tornado fire was first reported about 2:48 p.m. Friday in an orchard in the 28000 block of Via Santa Rosa and burned slowly through surrounding acreage.

The Woodchuck fire was reported a little less than three hours later on Highway 79 and Woodchuck Road and consumed far less acreage before firefighters got a handle on it.

It wasn't immediately clear Saturday what caused the two fires.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Original story:

Firefighters have gotten the upper hand on two fires burning near Temecula, one in the unincorporated community of De Luz and another burning in Temecula Valley Wine Country.

The 70-acre Tornado fire, which was reported about 2:48 p.m. Friday in the 28000 block of Via Santa Rosa, was 65 percent contained as of Friday evening, according to a final update from the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

Another fire in Temecula Valley Wine Country, the 24-acre Woodchuck Fire, was about 60 percent contained. That fire was reported around 5:36 p.m. Friday on Highway 79 near Woodchuck Road.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.


 

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