Vegetation Fire in Riverside County South of Hemet Is 50% Contained

The Riverside County Fire Department posted this faraway photo of the Sabina Fire on its Twitter account July 23, 2014.

The Riverside County Fire Department posted this faraway photo of the Sabina Fire on its Twitter account July 23, 2014.

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.