Brush fire near Temecula and Murrieta CA today in California smoke, Evacuation

A brush fire at Camp Pendleton is bringing smoke into the valley side. There is no active fire in Murrieta at this time. The fire on the base does not pose any threat to the city at this time.

As a reminder, wildfires can develop and spread quickly. With the anticipated heat over the weekend, please monitor local social media platforms for updated information.

A drought instigated brush fire in California threatens coastal Orange County homes for the third day on Friday, forcing hundreds south of Los Angeles to evacuate and leaving the blaze only 15% contained.

Concerns are raised that embers will spread in the coming days, as California and the region expect temperatures to be 10 to 15 degrees above average through early next week, with highs in some parts of the state reaching 100 degrees.

The Coastal Fire has ripped through mansions along hillside streets in Laguna Niguel, a city of about 65,000 people with some of the state’s wealthiest neighborhoods, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

County officials said Thursday that flames had destroyed 20 homes, damaged at least 11 others, and burned about 200 acres, while about 900 homes were evacuated.

The fire broke out unexpectedly in a wilderness park on Wednesday afternoon, much earlier than the fire season’s usual peak of late summer and fall.

According to Orange County Fire Authority Division Chief and Incident Commander Shane Sherwood, two firefighters were treated at a hospital as 550 firefighters worked to put out the fire.

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