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UPDATE MARCH 3, 7 a.m.: Fire officials have reduced the acreage estimate to 77. The fire is now 80% contained with full containment expected by 6 p.m. this evening. March 2, 2009 (Temecula)--A fire urning in the Deluz area of Temecula north of Fallbrook in Riverside County, just one mile from the San Diego County line, has engulfed 100 acres.


An update by Riverside County Fire Department at 9:30 p.m. indicates the fire is now 50% contained, with full containment projected by 6 a.m. tomorrow. The blaze began at 1:33 p.m today and has potential to reach 500 acres, according to the Riverside County Fire Department incident report. "It is putting out a lot of smoke," said Cal-Fire Nick Schuler in San Diego earlier this afternoon. "We have five hand crews, three engines and one helicopter in route." Those resources will join 12 engines, 257 firefighters, five hand crews and a helicopter already on site battling the fire.


No evacuations, injuries, or threats to structures have been reported at this time. Road closures are in effect at Carrancho Road and Vuelte Grande. For updates through the night, visit the Riverside County Fire Department website at http://tcfireweb.co.riverside.ca.us/firepio/process?action=viewIncidentH....

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