Three Firefighters and Civilian Injured by Anza Fire

Three firefighters were injured while fighting a wildfire east of Anza that grew to 500 acres in four hours on Monday afternoon, prompting road closures and temporary evacuations, reports KTLA 5.

A DC-10 jet drops retardant on the Anza Fire on Aug. 10, 2015. (Credit: Eddie Luna / KMIR)

A civilian also suffered first- and third-degree burns to 3 percent of his or her body and was hospitalized, according to the Riverside County Fire Department’s incident page.

Reports of a motor home fire that spread to nearby vegetation in the area of Highway 74 and Highway 371 first came in about 11:45 a.m.

About an hour later, the civilian was reported hospitalized in connections with a vehicle fire in the area, but it was not clear if that blaze was the same as the motor home fire.

The vehicle fire was determined to have caused the brush fire, dubbed the Anza Fire, the Fire Department stated.

By 10 p.m., the fire was at 500 acres and was 10 percent contained. Hours earlier, the Fire Department tweeted that the fire could grow in heavy fuels to more than 1,000 acres.

But by late evening, the forward rate of the fire’s spread had been stopped, the Fire Department stated.

The three hurt firefighters had minor injuries and were take by ground ambulance to area hospitals. The nature of the firefighters’ injuries was not clear.

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