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Tenaja Fire evacuations lifted from Murrieta neighborhoods

Posted at 6:57 AM, Sep 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-07 11:51:09-04

MURRIETA, Calif. (KGTV) — Firefighters made progress Friday against a brush fire that burned dangerously close to homes in Riverside County.

As of 7 a.m. Saturday, the Tenaja Fire was 35% contained and had scorched at least 2,000 acres in the Murrieta area, according to Cal Fire.

All evacuation warnings were lifted Friday night after fire crews said the fire's activity was minimal Friday. Crews expect full containment by Tuesday.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Tenaja Fire Evacuation Zones, Road Closures

Three firefighters have suffered non-life threatening injuries while fighting the blaze. Two structures have also been damaged.

California Highway Patrol was conducted intermittent escorts on Clinton Keith between Chantory St. and Avenida La Cresta, though the road remained closed overnight.

The Tenaja Fire erupted Wednesday in rural land near Murrieta, according to Cal Fire. A lightning strike may have caused the fire, as hot, muggy weather and erratic winds fueled the flames toward homes.