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100-Acre Bogart Fire In Cherry Valley 10 Percent Contained

CHERRY VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — Crews managed to stop the growth of a wild fire that erupted Friday along the perimeter of a Cherry Valley park, burning at least 100 acres of brush.

There were no reports of injuries or structures threatened.

The blaze, dubbed by Bogart fire, was reported around 5:30 p.m. in the 9600 block of Cherry Avenue, near Bridge Street, on the south end of Bogart County Park, according to Melody Hendrickson of the Riverside County Fire Department.

Eighteen engine crews and 11 hand crews, numbering 241 fire personnel, worked to contain the fire, with the help of four air tankers and two water-dropping helicopters.

A fire department official described vegetation around the park as “medium to heavy.”

There was no word on what triggered the blaze, which was reported to be 4-5 acres soon after it broke out and had spread to 50 acres by 6:47 p.m., Hendrickson said.

The fire had spread to 100 acres and was zero percent contained by 7:14 p.m., she said.

It was 10 percent contained by 7:48 p.m. and its forward progress had been stopped, Hendrickson said.

There were road closures at Cherry Avenue and Dutton Street and at Avenida San Timoteo and Avenida Altura Bella, but they were lifted by 9:18 p.m., Hendrickson said.

Cherry Valley is located north of Beaumont.

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