TEMECULA, Calif. – A brush fire burning near Lake Elsinore, north Murrieta sent thick black smoke in the air Thursday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.
California National Forest tweeted at 3:34 p.m. the fire, dubbed the Wildomar Fire, had grown to 200 acres within two hours of it starting. They also said no structures were threatened. Several fire crews were involved.
Fire crews from San Diego County had not been called to assist as of 1:30 p.m.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, Cal Fire Riverside tweeted the fire had grown to 700 acres and was 15 percent contained. By 6:30 p.m. Friday, the fire had grown to 850 acres and was 50 percent contained.
Morning update: 700 acres with 15% containment and 200 homes evacuated. pic.twitter.com/qEegDM1fAb
— Cleveland NF (@ClevelandNF) October 27, 2017
A witness told FOX 5 he was riding his bike in Oceanside and could see the smoke in the air in the direction of Riverside.
Another person in Vista also reported seeing the fire.