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Anza Fire - 3 injured


Last updated 8/11/2015 at 2:24pm

The wildfire in the San Jacinto Mountains, just east of Anza grew to 500 acres by 9 p.m Monday. Steep terrain coupled with strong winds has made it difficult for fire crews to get control of the fire which was sparked just before noon off Highway 74 due to a burning motor home.

Two CalFire firefighters and one member of an inmate crew have been injured in the blaze which is currently 10 percent contained.

Firefighters have evacuated homes near the junction of Highways 74 and 371, including homes on Hialeah Way, Pimlico Drive, Arlington Road, Paradise Drive, Churchill Downs Parkway and Wood Bine Road.

The Inland Empire Red Cross have opened an evacuation center at Hamilton High School in Anza with enough cots, blankets and supplies for 100 people.

The driver of the motor home was transported to a local hospital after suffering first- and second-degree burns on 3 percent of his body. Inspectors are yet to officially determine the cause of the RV fire, although fire officials have speculated that the vehicle may have overheated.

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