Fire near Mountain Center Almost Fully Contained

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Fire near Mountain Center Almost Fully Contained

by Contributing Editor
Firefighting crew

Firefighting crew

A U.S. Forest Service firefighting crew in Southern California. Courtesy of the service

A 167-acre brush fire burning in Riverside County a few miles southwest of Mountain Center in the San Bernardino National Forest was 95 percent contained Thursday morning.

“Beginning (Thursday), a smaller organization will be assigned to the fire through at least the weekend,” according to a tweet from the San Bernardino National Forest.

The Bautista Fire was reported about 7:25 p.m. Sunday northeast of Bautista Road, near the South Fork River, according to the USFS.

Agency spokesman Zach Behrens said that at the height of the blaze, 300 firefighters worked to encircle it. However, many firefighters have since returned to their bases.

Riverside County Fire Department Chief Shawn Newman told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that favorable weather conditions, including minimal winds and cooler temperatures, aided crews in solidifying containment lines.

No homes or other structures were threatened by the fire.

The cause is under investigation.

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