Manzanita Fire fully contained

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Friday evening, June 30, Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department announced full containment of the Manzanita Fire, which started burning Monday, June 26.

The fire eventually reached 6,309 acres.

It wasn’t until Thursday, June 29, the fourth day of the fire, that evacuation warnings were lifted. The warnings, originally issued Monday evening the first day of the fire, were for residents between Highland Home Road east to Highway 243, including the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley. The warnings were eventually expanded to Twin Pines.

During the five days of battling the blaze, the number of firefighters exceeded 1,300, including a brush engine and crew from the Idyllwild Fire Department. Air resources used to stop the fire included three helicopters and eight aircraft.

The fire started Monday afternoon. The apparent cause was a traffic collision between two vehicles. Two patients were transported to hospitals, according to the Cal Fire report.

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