Blaze Burning near Hemet Stands at 4,500 Acres

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A deadly wildfire that prompted evacuations south of Hemet grew to 4,500 acres Tuesday, reaching the boundaries of the San Bernardino National Forest, with no change in containment, leading officials to broaden evacuation orders for public safety.

The Fairview Fire was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Monday on Fairview Avenue and Bautista Road, and had burned 2,000 acres by 10 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The blaze expanded to 4,500 acres by 5 p.m. Tuesday, with containment holding at 5%, according to officials at the scene. There was a potential for expansion to 7,000 acres, depending on winds and other conditions, officials said.

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