Hundreds of Firefighters Battling 1,200-Acre ‘Dangerous, Critical’ Wildfire South of Beaumont; 10 Percent Contained

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About 400 firefighters were working tirelessly to try and contain a fast-moving brush fire that had scorched 1,200 acres near Beaumont Monday evening.

A fire has scorched more than 500 acres south of Beaumont on June 26, 2017. (Credit: OC Hawk)

The fire, dubbed the Manzanita Fire, was first reported at 3:10 p.m. in Lambs Canyon south of Beaumont and was burning at a "critical rate." As of 6 p.m. the swift moving blaze had charred more than 1,200 acres and crews were on  the ground and in the air working to get containment, the Riverside County Fire Department said in a news release.

At 9:30 p.m. fire officials said the fire was 10 percent contained.

"At this time the fire is moving as fast as it can move in this type of situation. As we move down it makes it easier to fight the fire but when it is critical we really just have to make sure and plan ahead and use aircraft and helicopters and get crews in and make sure we can take care of it ," Cal Fire Capt. Lucas Spelman told KTLA.  "But it is a dangerous, critical fire."

Aerial image of the Manzanita Fire burning south of Beaumont on June 26, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Voluntary evacuations were in place for Highland Home Road, Death Valley Road, Longhorn Road and Shirleon Drive.

Evacuation warnings were issued for Highland Home Road, east to Highway 243 including the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley.

Highway 79, between Gilman Springs and Beaumont, was shut down in both directions due to 30 acres burning on the west side of the highway, officials said.

Officials said the fire started from a single car crash. Two people involved in the crash were taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

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