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Evacuation Warnings Issued for Manzanita Fire

(Updated: Tuesday, June 27th at 4:45pm)

CalFire reports that fire is now at 5,800 acres and 20% contained.

Evacuation warnings are still in place.

(Updated: Tuesday, June 27th at 9:45am)

CalFire Riverside reports that the fire has grown to 5,000 acres and is 20% contained.

Evacuation warnings are still in place for Highland Home Road East to Highway 243, including the Poppet Flats and Silent Valley communities.

The southbound lanes for Highway 79 are now open. Only one lane is open northbound.

(Updated: Monday, June 26th at 8pm)

As firefighters continue to battle the Manzanita Fire, burning south and east of Beaumont, evacuation warnings have been ordered for Highland Home Road, east to Highway 243, which includes the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley.

According to a news release from the Riverside County Fire Department, the fire, which began around 3:10pm on Monday, June 26th, has grown to 1,200 acres with 0% containment. Nearly 400 firefighters are on the scene, working from the ground and from the air.

The cause has been determined to be the result of a car fire as a result of a solo vehicle collision. The press release noted that two patients were transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Highway 79 has been closed in both directions from Gilman Springs Road to the 10. At 4:30pm on Monday, the CHP indicated the Sig Alert would be in effect for at least another 12 hours.

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