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Tenaja Fire: Nearly 2,000 Acres Burnt, Hundreds Evacuated


The Tenaja Fire near Murrieta scorched nearly 2,000 acres and caused hundreds to evacuate as of this morning.

The fire was 20 percent contained as of Friday morning. It caused hundreds to evacuate their homes and schools in four districts to close.

Nearly 900 firefighters from Riverside County, Cal Fire, Murrieta Fire & Rescue, the Hemet Fire Department, Corona Fire Department, the Orange County Fire Authority and U.S. Forest Service responded to the fire.

Evacuation orders were lifted Friday morning, but the affected communities remained under a voluntary evacuation warning and were warned to be ready to evacuate again if necessary.

The Riverside County Department of Public Health issued an air quality advisory,
warning near the Tenaja blaze that fire debris could have negative health impacts.

The department recommended residents near the blaze, especially young children and those with sensitive health conditions, to run air conditioners to minimize the effects of smoke and ash.

Officials project full containment of the fire by Tuesday.

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