FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO BATTLE THE FAST-MOVING TENAJA FIRE IN THE LA CRESTA COMMUNITY NEAR MURRIETA IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY. — Firefighters continue to battle the fast-moving Tenaja fire in the La Cresta community near Murrieta in Riverside County. The blaze has grown to 2,000 acres and currently is only ten percent contained. Evacuation orders remain in effect for more than 1,000 homeowners.
The fire broke out in the area of Tenaja Road and Clinton Keith Road near the edge of the Santa Ana mountains on Wednesday around 4 p.m. when it was initially reported at 25 acres. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but some lightning strikes had recently been seen in the area amid Wednesday's very hot and humid conditions.
Authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for all residences along the Trails Circle in La Cresta. Campuses in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District were closed Thursday because of the fire.