A fire that started in rugged and steep terrain in the hills around Beaumont Saturday quickly raged into a blaze that scorched 2,000 acres of dry brush, fueled by hot winds blowing at 21 mph.
Firefighters -- from Riverside and San Diego counties, Pechanga, the U.S. Forest Service and March Air Reserve Base -- intended to work through the night to gain ground in the fight, already claiming 10 percent containment.
However, there was no estimate on when full containment or complete control would be achieved, according to Cal Fire officials.
"The fuels are very very dry, at this point," Cal Fire Capt. Rick Griggs told ABC 7.
Temperatures were expected to be even higher Sunday -- 96 degrees -- but winds were expected to lessen in force, to about 12 mph in a southwesterly direction.
Nearly 300 firefighters, aided by five air tankers and five helicopters, remained at the scene Saturday night.
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