***Update 7:30 p.m. ***
By Debbie Ramsey, Village/Valley News
The Santa Fire in Temecula was reportedly fully contained at 6:15 p.m. The blaze was managed by Riverside County Fire and Cal Fire. The incident was located at Rancho California Road and Via Santa Rosa.
According to Riverside County Fire, due to more accurate mapping, the fire has been downgraded to 14 acres.
“The cause of the fire was determined by Cal Fire investigators to be mechanical failure of a vehicle,” they stated.
Authorities said 125 firefighters fought the blaze with the help of two air tankers and two bulldozers.
No structures were reported as damaged and no injuries have been noted.
Update 5 p.m.
Santa Fire grows to 30 acres; Rancho California Rd. closed
By Stephanie Ocano
Rancho California Road is closed. The Riverside Sheriff’s office will be directing traffic lanes starting at 5:30 p.m.
At 4:25 p.m. the Santa Fire was reported to have spread to 30 acres. Rancho California Road has been closed at Business Park Drive.
No injuries or evacuations have been reported. At this time, no structures are threatened by the fire.
A wildland fire that began in the hills west of Temecula at 3:18 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4 has spread to encompass 15-20 acres, according to Melody Hendrickson of the Riverside County Fire Department.
The fire is burning at the crossroads of Via Santa Rosa and Rancho California Rd.
Responding personnel on scene include 65 Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters, two air tankers, two bulldozers, one water tender and one helicopter.
Details will be posted as they become available.