More than 200 firefighters worked to contain a vegetation fire in a semirural area south of Hemet Wednesday.
First reported about 10:45 a.m., the blaze, dubbed the Sabina Fire, had grown to about 60 acres by just after noon, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
But by 2:20 p.m., it was 50 percent contained and 78 acres. All firefighting aircraft had been released.
Full containment was expected a midnight, the Fire Department stated.
The fire began at Sabina Drive and Ballinger Road in the semirural, unincorporated Aguanga area (map) and sent smoke towering into the air, a Fire Department’s photo on Twitter showed.
No injuries were reported.
The area was forecast for a high of 95 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Northwest of the Sabina Fire, a blaze dubbed the Split Fire burned 4 acres in the Cajon Pass on Wednesday, according a Forest Service tweet.