Brush fire burns nearly 1,000 acres near Murrieta

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LA CRESTA, Calif. — A fast-moving brush fire near Murrieta burned nearly 1,000 acres by Wednesday night, fire officials said.

The wildfire, dubbed the Tenaja Fire, started just before 4 p.m. near Tenaja and Clinton Keith roads in La Cresta, according to Cal Fire Riverside. By 4:30 p.m., the blaze had grown to 25 acres. By 8:50 p.m., the fire had grown to 994 acres and was five percent contained.

Officials issued an evacuation order for the Santa Rosa Plateau Visitor Center at 39400 Clinton Keith Road in Murrieta, for all homes along The Trails Circle in La Cresta and for residents in Copper Canyon South of Calle del Oso Oro between Clinton Keith and Murrieta Creek at Calle del Oso Oro.

A care center set up at Murrieta Mesa High School at 24801 Monroe Avenue in Murrieta is accepting small animals. Large animals can be taken to the San Jacinto Animal Shelter at 581 S. Grand Avenue in San Jacinto.

Officials closed Clinton Keith Road south of Avenida La Cresta as crews battled the blaze.

Murrieta Valley Unified schools will be closed Thursday, the district announced in a Facebook post.

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