100 Firefighters Battle Small Vegetation Blaze In Riverside County

MORENO VALLEY (CBS) — About 100 firefighters are battling a vegetation blaze in Moreno Valley that has consumed 30 acres Sunday afternoon, the fire department said.

The fire was reported at 3:18 p.m. at Central Avenue and Watkins Drive, according to county fire spokeswoman Cheri Patterson.

Cal Fire and overhead personnel are helping Riverside County firefighters in battling the blaze, while the California Highway Patrol is assisting with traffic control in the area, Patterson said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, she said.

Patterson says no structures are in danger and that there have been no freeway closures or evacuations ordered.

(UPDATE: 5:50 p.m.): A firefighter has been transported to a local area hospital with a minor leg injury.

(UPDATE: 8 p.m.): The fire has burned 35 acres. The fire is now fully contained. Local road closures have been lifted. The firefighter who was taken to the hospital had a minor injury to his ankle.

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