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Wildfire explodes to 900 acres south of Beaumont

A 900-acre fire was spreading south of Beaumont early Sunday, fire authorities in Riverside County said.

The wildfire, dubbed the Sanderson fire, was first reported at around 1 a.m. near La Borde Canyon Road and Jack Rabbit Trail, according to CalFire/Riverside County Fire Department.

The area where the fire started is remote, and “firefighters had difficulty accessing the fire due to its location deep into rugged terrain,” fire officials said.

But the fire was spreading quickly — initially reported at 300 acres earlier Sunday morning, the Sanderson fire grew to 900 acres by 10 a.m. There was no containment at that time.

Around 130 firefighters were assigned to halt the blaze, with a few firefighting aircraft called in for support.

An evacuation warning has been issued for the Moreno Knolls area affecting fewer than a dozen homes along North Gilman Springs Road and South Timothy Lane.

Source: Orange County Register

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