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Southern California wildfire 80 percent contained as firefighters mop up hotspots

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California wildfire is being held to 311 acres, despite extremely dry conditions and temperatures in the 80s.

The Riverside County Fire Department says two crews are tending to remaining hot spots in the heavily vegetated Santa Ana River bottom today.

Containment is estimated at 80 percent. Firefighters expect to have the fire fully contained by 8 p.m. local time, and the fire has not grown since Thursday night.

At its peak, the fire downed power lines and burned near a residential area, prompting a call for voluntary evacuations.

On Thursday, a backyard trailer went up in flames about a quarter-mile from the fire lines in a neighborhood where embers were flying, but fire officials couldn't immediately say whether the wildfire embers sparked it.

No injuries were reported.

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