Firefighters in Murrieta tamp down wildfire that threatened homes Sunday

Catherine Bearse/NBC Los Angeles

A fire breaks out in Murrieta on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012.

Firefighters in Riverside County are getting control of a wildfire that temporarily threatened dozens of homes in Murrieta overnight. The fire has burned about 150 acres and is 90 percent contained. At least one structure was damaged, according to fire officials.

The Temprano Fire broke out just before sunset Sunday and quickly raced through dozens of acres of dry chaparral in the foothills behind homes near Warm Springs Park and Reserve. Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert said the area is ripe for wildfires.

“The Chapperal vegetation, the terrain and yesterday [Sunday], certainly yesterday was dry, hot, windy day, so we knew what the potential was, and the signs certainly pointed to a fast, aggressive fire,” Shobert told KPCC early Monday.

The fire briefly threatened about 200 homes and prompted authorities to call for voluntary evacuations. Shobert said crews are continuing to assess the burn area.

“We lost one old travel-trailer RV vehicle and a small barn-type structure, and that’s the extent of our damage assessment to this point,” Shobert said.

More than 150 city and county firefighters worked the fire overnight. They’re expected to remain on the scene until the fire is completely surrounded.

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