Manzanita Fire in Riverside County grows to five-thousand acres, 20 percent contained

RIVERSIDE (KUSI) — A brush fire burning in Riverside County grew to 5,000 acres and was 20 percent contained, Cal Fire authorities said Tuesday.

About 1,300 firefighters continued to battle the blaze dubbed the Manzanita Fire in lambs Canyon south of Beaumont. Crews worked through the night to tend to the fire from the ground and the air.

The blaze broke out just after 3 p.m. Monday due to a solo vehicle crash. Two patients were transported to an area hospital in unknown condition. 

An evacuation warning was issued at 6:30 p.m. for Highland Home Road, east to Highway 243. A road closure was in place for Highway 79 North in both directions between Gilman Springs Road and Beaumont, but was lifted Tuesday morning. 

Categories: Fire Watch 2017, Local San Diego News