MURRIETA (CBSLA.com) — A wildfire that charred about 200 acres on the northern edge of Murrieta is 90 percent contained Monday, authorities said.
The Temprano Fire broke out Sunday afternoon near the Murrieta hot springs, threatening homes throughout the area. There were no injuries, but a house sustained minor damage, and a barn and travel trailer were also damaged, Murrieta Fire Department Chief Matt Shobert said.
At the fire’s height, it threatened 100 to 200 homes, including the MacLean home.
“I started freaking out running around in circles, not knowing what to do,” Sarah MacLean said. “He told me to grab photo albums and pets and get out.”
“He” was MacLean’s husband, Jeff. Flames came perilously to their home, blackening their backyard and reducing their hot tub to rubble. But the house remains standing.
“I think if I hadn’t been there to hose it down, before the firefighters arrived, it would’ve been gone,” Jeff MacLean said.
Shobert says firefighters will be watching for any flare-ups over the next few days.
The cause of this fire is still under investigation.