Bonita Fire in San Jacinto Mountains 20% contained after burning 715 acres acres near Idyllwild; evacuations lifted

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More than 200 firefighters have been called to battle a wildfire that broke out near Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains of Riverside County overnight.

The blaze, dubbed the Bonita Fire, began about 1:15 a.m. in the 28000 block of Bonita Vista Drive in the Mountain Center community, according to an incident update from the Riverside County Fire Department.

It had burned 715 acres and was 20% contained as of 6 p.m., an update from the Fire Department stated.

The first arriving engine company reported a 15-acre fire burning in heavy vegetation and pine trees.

The fire quickly spread, prompting evacuation orders for residents of the Mountain Center community.

Residents were asked to use Highway 243 toward Banning and Highway 74 toward the desert to leave the area.

All evacuation orders and road closures were lifted about 6 p.m., officials said.

The blaze was burning amid record-breaking heat, dry conditions and gusty winds.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued an advisory warning of poor air conditions due to the Bonita Fire in portions of Riverside County, including Temecula Valley, Anza Valley and Hemet-San Jacinto Valley, officials said.

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