Fire in La Cresta threatens homes, closes Murrieta schools

Flames from the Tenaja Fire are seen not far behind homes in La Cresta Wednesday night. Photo courtesy of Cal Fire Story updated at 5 p...

Flames from the Tenaja Fire are seen not far behind homes in La Cresta Wednesday night.
Photo courtesy of Cal Fire

Story updated at 5 p.m.:

Smoke and ash filled the air once again Thursday and threatened more homes in Murrieta as the Tenaja Fire, fueled by heat, winds and dense brush, continued to spread in the La Cresta community in the hills west of the city.

The fire, first reported at 3:56 p.m. on Wednesday, has covered 2,000 acres and is 7 percent contained, Cal Fire officials reported. Additional evacuations were ordered Thursday afternoon for Montanya Place, Bonita Place, Belcara Place & Lone Oak Way in Murrieta.

In the hours after the fire broke out on Wednesday, the Santa Rosa Plateau Visitors Center on Clinton Keith Road was evacuated, along with residences on La Trails Circle in La Cresta. Mandatory evacuations also were issued to residents in Copper Canyon South of Calle del Oso Oro between Clinton Keith and Murrieta Creek.

Schools in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District were closed on Thursday and will be closed again on Friday, officials said.

A care and reception center was established at Murrieta Mesa High School, located at 24801 Monroe Avenue. Small animals are being accepted at the care and reception center. Large Animals can be taken to the San Jacinto Animal Shelter, 581 S. Grand Ave. San Jacinto.








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