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Wildfire Rages Near Morongo Valley

August 06, 1995| Associated Press

CABAZON, Calif. — A 10,500-acre wildfire raged in rugged, desert hills in Riverside County for a second day Saturday as firefighters held back its advance under a scorching sun.

The blaze, sparked by a man charging his tractor battery, was 30% contained as it burned near Morongo Valley, authorities said.

No homes were threatened although flames destroyed a barn and some ranch equipment, said Jeaneen Gardner, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry.

Some 1,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, aided by helicopters and air tankers dropping water and retardant, said CDF Battalion Chief Doug Lannon.

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