Firefighters Battle 96-Acre Wildfire in Nuevo Area of Riverside County

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A fire in Riverside County is seen on July 13, 2019. (Credit: CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire/ Twitter)

A fire in Riverside County is seen on July 13, 2019. (Credit: CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire/ Twitter)

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Firefighters were battling wildfire that burned 96 acres in the Nuevo area of Riverside County Saturday, officials said.

The fire erupted at about 10:36 a.m. near the 27000 block Orange Avenue, according to Cal Fire Riverside.

The first responding firefighters reported 1/4 acre burning slowly, but it spread to about 96 acres five hours later, according to the department’s online fact sheet.

A helicopter and two crews of 90 firefighters and 13 engines worked to extinguish the blaze.

A photo from the scene shows a thick black cloud of smoke billowing over a desert area as a helicopter dropped red fire retardant overhead.

At 12:40 p.m., the department reported that the forward progress of the fire was stopped, and by 3:13 p.m., the fire was 100% contained at 96 acres.

No injuries were reported.

Fire officials have not specified the cause of the fire, but it comes amid a heat wave as parts of Southern California experienced triple-digit temperatures.

The temperature in the small rural community at the time of the fire was reported at about 100 degrees.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory effective through 8 p.m. Sunday.

KTLA’s Kristina Bravo contributed to this report.

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