Southern California Brush Fire Burns 158 Acres Before Being

Sunday, April 29th 2007, 10:03 pm
By: News On 6

MIRA LOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters on Sunday were putting out embers of a wildfire that charred 158 acres of dense brush in a residential area, officials said.

The blaze, which covered about a quarter of a square mile, was contained early Sunday. However, firefighters were still at work and the fire it was not expected to be out completely until late Monday, said California Department of Forestry spokeswoman Rebekah Luther.

The Riverside County fire started Saturday afternoon near the bottom of the Santa Ana riverbed and continued east into heavy brush, authorities said.

The residents of 15 houses were asked to voluntarily evacuate but all chose to stay. No homes or structures were damaged and there were no injuries, Luther said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.