350-Acre Volcano Fire Near Murrieta Fully Contained
UPDATE 9:18 p.m. The fire is only 75 percent contained. Fire officials will reassess the situation Friday morning.
MURRIETA (CBSLA.com) — A 350-acre wildfire that destroyed a large home and injured three firefighters just west of Murrieta was fully contained Thursday.
The Volcano Fire broke out at Tenaja and Via Volcano roads in the unincorporated community of Deluz about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The blaze was sparked by mowing equipment operated by a Riverside County agency clearing brush, authorities said.
The fire was 100 percent contained by 8 a.m. and full control is expected by 8 p.m., Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said.
Most of the homes in the path of the Volcano Fire escaped unscathed, but Sherrie Snyder was not as lucky. The two-story house where she lived for 23 years, raised six children and six grandchildren, was reduced to ashes.
“I don’t want to let this whole thing engulf me. We’re a strong family. We’re close and we’ll figure it out,” Snyder said.