RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a wildfire near the University of California, Riverside that came dangerously close to homes, prompting an evacuation order.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire broke out near a city street Sunday afternoon and quickly burned uphill into Box Springs Mountains, which includes a reserve managed by the university.READ MORE: UPDATE: Air Attack, Calming Winds Aid Firefighters Battling Wildfire Near Big Sur; Containment Grows To 25 Percent
Aerial footage from a news helicopter shows the flames burning close to homes with retardant on their rooftops. Authorities issued evacuation orders for a neighborhood east of the mountain in Moreno Valley. The orders were lifted several hours later.READ MORE: PG&E Still Restoring Power to Over 2,000 Customers in East Bay
About 150 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has scorched 1,000 acres, or 1.5 square miles. It is 44 percent contained.MORE NEWS: San Francisco Bay Area Tops Average Gas Price Per Gallon in the U.S.
In Central California, a 300-acre wildfire burning near the town of Wawona has forced the closure of a popular trail in Yosemite National Park.