Evacuation orders in place in parts of south Riverside County due to wildfire

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Thick plumes of smoke from the wildfire northeast of San Diego County in the Cleveland National Forest could be seen widely in the region Saturday afternoon. (CREDIT: KTTV)

LATEST: The Chaparral Fire grew to 1,425 acres overnight. Sunday updates available here.

SAN DIEGO — Evacuation orders are in place for residents in parts of south Riverside County due to a wildfire, Cal Fire Riverside announced Saturday.

As of 9:23 p.m., Cal Fire Riverside said the wildfire, dubbed as the Chaparral Fire, has grown up to 1,200 acres and is 0% contained. Residents north of Tenaja Truck Rd, south of Calle Cielo, east of Calle Collado and west of Calle Be Bietol are urged to leave the area. Cal Fire has told FOX 5 the fire is spreading north toward Riverside County.

From San Diego County, thick plumes of smoke from the wildfire in the Cleveland National Forest could be seen widely in the region Saturday afternoon.

The fire was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. near Tenaja Road and Cleveland Forest Road, according to Cal Fire Riverside, and was 20 to 25 acres as of 1:15 p.m.

Orange County Fire Authority tweeted out helicopter footage of the blaze as it grew stronger.

North County Fire Protection District is asking residents to avoid using Tenaja Truck Trail in Del Luz, as it is being used as an evacuation route for people living near Tenaja Truck Trail.

For those who need to evacuate animals in Murrieta, the city says they are accepting horses at their equestrian park.

The American Red Cross Southern California Region is also providing food and resources to evacuees due to the fire.

North County Fire Protection District said that the fire was initially believed to be on Camp Pendleton, but that base firefighters had determined it was outside their jurisdiction. “There is no threat to our district at this time,” the North County fire agency said.

San Diegans reported views of the smoke from the northern and eastern portions of the region. The blaze came amid 90-plus degree temperatures in the inland North County.

Firefighters named the blaze the Chaparral Fire, though some agencies were using a misspelled hashtag (#ChapparalFire) to share information on Twitter.

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