Fire crews continue to fight Manzanita fire

Crews battling the Manzanita Fire

Crews battling the Manzanita Fire

The Manzanita Fire has scorched 1200 acres and is now burning in the area of Hwy 79 North, Lambs Canyon south of Dump Road, south of Beaumont, according to the Cal Fire website.

The fire, dubbed the Manzanita Fire, has burned 1200 acres and has 0% containment at 6:30 p.m.

The blaze was reported about 3 p.m. Monday after a auto crash near Lamb Canyon ignited brush.

Two people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries in connection to the accident, according to officials.

Evacuation warnings were also in place for Highland Home Road east of Highway 243, which includes the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley.

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Voluntary evacuation orders were issued for Higland Home, Death Valley, Longhorn and Shirleon drives. However, by 11:45 p.m. local time Monday (2:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday) the highway was reopened, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department's post on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Riverside County sheriff's officials reportedly said they "accidentally" sent out evacuation alerts in the areas, including Norco, Corona, and Jurupa Valley, where there was no fire.

Highway 79, between Gilman Springs and Beaumont, was shut down in both directions due to 30 acres burning on the west side of the highway, officials said.

More than 1,300 firefighters have been assigned to the incident, along with eight air tanks, three helicopters, and 28 engine companies.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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