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280-Acre Banning Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

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Firefighters were battling a 300-acre fire burning in a remote area in Banning. No structures were threatened. (credit: Volunteer Photographer Mike Murawski/Riverside County Fire Department)

Firefighters were battling a 300-acre fire burning in a remote area in Banning. No structures were threatened. (credit: Volunteer Photographer Mike Murawski/Riverside County Fire Department)

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BANNING (CBS/AP) — Crews are hoping to surround a wildfire in Banning that injured four firefighters.

Officials report that the Range fire broke out around 6:10 p.m. Saturday on Old Banning Idyllwild Road and Shirleon Drive. It burned a shed and several vehicles that apparently were abandoned.

State fire officials say the 280-acre blaze in rural Riverside County is 80 percent contained Monday.

Fire crews are facing hot, windy afternoon conditions. The high temperature could hit 108 and winds could gust to 25 mph.

A statement prepared by Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said that 240 firefighters, along with helicopters and airtankers, have been assigned to the firefight.

Authorities said shooters at an old target range may have started the blaze.

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