Crews hold Fairview fire in check overnight after blaze swelled to nearly 20,000 acres – Orange County Register

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Fire crews kept the Fairview fire, burning near Hemet, under 20,000 acres overnight after the fire more than tripled in size Wednesday, authorities said Thursday morning, Sept. 8.

The fire remained at an estimated 19,377 acres burned, with 5% containment as of 7:30 a.m., Cal Fire officials said.

The blaze has destroyed seven structures, killed two and injured one — which all occurred on Monday.

The fire’s growth on Wednesday prompted expanded evacuations, the doubling of resources and the declaration of a local emergency by Riverside County, with the hopes that the announcement could make the county eligible for federal and state financial assistance, officials said.

This map shows where the Fairview fire is burning near Hemet

Evacuations were in place for all residents south of  Cactus Valley Road, north of Minto Way and Red Mountain Road, West of the U.S. Forest Service boundary and east of Sage Road, officials said.

Warnings were issued for homes east of Red Mountain Road, south of Minto Way and Red Mountain Road, west and north of Stanley Road and east of Sage Road, officials said.

Those in need of shelter can seek refuge at Tahquitz High School, 4425 Tital Trail, where an evacuation center remained open. Hemet Unified School District campuses remained closed Thursday.

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