A brush fire erupted early Thursday in Jurupa Valley, damaging at least two homes and prompting evacuations, authorities said.
First responding fire crews arrived to a 1/4 acre-fire in the 5300 block of 46th Street at about 12:40 a.m. said the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department. Within two hours, the blaze grew to 75 acres with a rapid rate of spread, damaging structures in the area and burning toward others.
The 46th fire had damaged a residential structure, a mobile home and two outbuildings as it was totally uncontained as of about 3:30 a.m., authorities said.
Fire authorities have ordered mandatory evacuations for residents living in the following areas:
-South of Limonite Avenue, west of Crestmore Road, east of Van Buren Boulevard and north of the Santa Ana River bottom.
–46th from Riverview Drive to Calle Hermosa
–Riverview Drive from 46th to Rio Road
–Rio Road from Riverview Drive to Calle Hermosa
–Calle Hermosa from Rio Road to 46th
The fire is burning in the area near Rancho Jurupa Regional Park along the Santa Ana River.
Authorities opened an evacuation shelter at Patriot High School, located at 4355 Camino Real.
As of about 4 a.m., 151 firefighters were working on the fire with assistance from the Corona and Riverside fire departments, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and American Medical Response.
Information on what caused the fire was not immediately available.