Vegetation Fire in Riverside County South of Hemet Is 50% Contained

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The Riverside County Fire Department posted this faraway photo of the Sabina Fire on its Twitter account July 23, 2014.

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More than 200 firefighters worked to contain a vegetation fire in a semirural area south of Hemet Wednesday.

First reported about 10:45 a.m., the blaze, dubbed the Sabina Fire, had grown to about 60 acres by just after noon, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

But by 2:20 p.m., it was 50 percent contained and 78 acres. All firefighting aircraft had been released.

Full containment was expected a midnight, the Fire Department stated.

The fire began at Sabina Drive and Ballinger Road in the semirural, unincorporated Aguanga area (map) and sent smoke towering into the air, a Fire Department’s photo on Twitter showed.

No injuries were reported.

The area was forecast for a high of 95 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Northwest of the Sabina Fire, a blaze dubbed the Split Fire burned 4 acres in the Cajon Pass on Wednesday, according a Forest Service tweet.

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