Forward progress stopped in 300-acre Davis Fire in Moreno Valley

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The Davis Fire burns in Moreno Valley on May 18, 2021, in a photo released by the Riverside County Fire Department.

The Davis Fire burns in Moreno Valley on May 18, 2021, in a photo released by the Riverside County Fire Department.

Firefighters were working to fully contain a brush fire that broke out and quickly spread to 300 acres at the southeast end of Moreno Valley Tuesday, officials said.

Dubbed the Davis Fire, the blaze started around 1:20 p.m. as two fires measuring about 5 acres that were burning near each other at the northeast end of the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, where Theodore Street turns into Davis Road, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

The fire covered 75 acres by 2:15 p.m., and 300 acres by 3 p.m. It was 60% contained, firefighters said.

At 3:15 p.m. crews said they had halted the flames’ forward progress, and the blaze subsequently only grew by half an acre as of 7 p.m.

There were no evacuation orders, and no injuries had been reported, according to fire officials.

However, Gilman Springs Road was closed until further notice, the Fire Department said.

About 75 crew members were working to attack the blaze both on the ground and from the air.

Firefighters were expected to remain on scene overnight.

Temperatures in the area were expected to reach around 78 degrees Tuesday in the area of the fire, according to the National Weather Service. There were no wind warnings or advisories in place.

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