Skyline Fire burns 45 acres in Corona; evacuations lifted amid 50% containment

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A blaze, dubbed the Skyline Fire, has burned 45 acres in Corona, officials reported.

The vegetation fire was reported around 4:37 p.m. Thursday near Skyline Drive and Foothill Parkway, southwest of Corona, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

The blaze was initially reported to be burning 10 to 15 acres at a moderate rate of spread in “light flashy fuels and heavy brush,” the department said. As of 8:30 p.m., officials said it had burned at least 51 acres and was 40% contained.

On Friday, fire officials said updated mapping showed the fire had actually charred 45 acres and was 50% contained.

The Skyline Trail was closed to the public out of an abundance of caution, city officials said on Twitter.

Precautionary evacuations were initially in place at Clearing Circle, Meandering Lane, Burrero Way, Corbett Street and Overland Lane, but all orders were lifted around 9:15 p.m.

At least two helicopters and two air tankers were battling the flames from above Thursday.

Meanwhile, the region was facing high temperatures, prompting an excessive heat warning and elevated fire danger. Crews continued battling additional fires burning nearby, including the Ranch Fire in Azusa and the Lake Fire in the Lake Hughes area of the Angeles National Forest.

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