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Firefighters get upper hand on brush fire threatening at least 30 homes in Jurupa Valley

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At least two homes were seen burning and several others were threatened Saturday afternoon when a brush fire broke out in Riverside County.

The Union Fire was reported shortly before 4 p.m. near Indian Camp Road and Candle Light Drive in Jurupa Valley. It has consumed over 100 acres as of Saturday evening, and it's zero percent contained.

Fire officials say that at least 30 other homes and residential structures are under immediate threat.

Mandatory evacuations were in effect for much of the afternoon for residents south of Limonite Avenue, north of Riverview Drive, east of Avenue Juan Diaz, and west of Maverick Lane, officials said. However, as of 10 p.m. Saturday, officials have declared an Evacuation Warning for the area.

For an interactive evacuation map, click here.

A reception and care center is opened at Patriot High School located at 4355 Camino Real in Jurupa Valley.

No injuries have been reported.

"Me and my wife. My wife was really getting upset about it because she was scared, and she got me going, and I tried to keep it calm, but she wasn't having it," said Abel Esquivel who evacuated from the area. "We got everybody together and started packing."

"My heart dropped. I was really scared," said area resident Jennifer Lucero. "I thought my family was in danger. You know?"

The aggressive efforts from firefighters on the ground and the air appear to have paid off. As of Saturday night, forward progress of the Union Fire was stopped and holding at 110 acres.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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