Heartland Fire & Rescue assisting in Riverside County wildfire

25 homes evacuated due to wildfire

HEMET, Calif. - 10News learned that a strike team from Heartland Fire & Rescue is heading to Riverside County Tuesday to assist with a wildfire that spurred the evacuation of about two dozen homes.

State fire officials said in a statement that the fire broke out Monday shortly before 2 p.m. in the community of Mountain Center between Palm Springs and Hemet. By Tuesday morning, it had surged to about 4,000 acres.

Officials say the fire has damaged structures but could not immediately say how many, how severe the damages or what the buildings were.By Tuesday, however, officials said the fire is burning away from structures.

Evacuations are still in effect for about 20 homes in the community of Bonita Vista, about four homes in Fleming Ranch and an animal sanctuary.

The fire also forced the partial closure of two highways.

More than 400 state and federal firefighter had the blaze 10 percent contained by Tuesday.

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