Hundreds of acres burn in Riverside County

Crews are fighting brush fire in the Winchester area in southwest Riverside County that had reached 1,261 acres Thursday evening.

It was 40 percent contained, and by 10 p.m.it was no longer making forward progress, firefighters said. Several homes were evacuation orders and one unoccupied structure has been destroyed.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Hidden Falls Road and Vista Road.

The blaze was being dubbed the Patterson Fire. The fire break is the nearby Diamond Valley Lake reservoir, which appears to be where the fire is headed.

Airplanes were also dropping lines of fire retardant in attempt to keep the flames from spreading.

Fire reports indicated that that six firefighting aircraft have been called to the scene, along with 23 engine companies totalling 94 firefighters.

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