A wildfire which erupted on Wednesday afternoon in northern Riverside County near Calimesa in California has burned at least 2,000 acres (8.094 square kilometres) and was threatening some 100 homes.
A fire spokesman said residents of about 20 homes in the northeast Moreno Valley had been urged to evacuate.
Flames burned right up to the edge of the 60 Freeway near San Timoteo Canyon, forcing the closure of the highway.
Authorities said it will remain closed in both directions until 0500 local time from the Interstate Ten interchange in Beaumont to Gilman Springs.
By nightfall, cool temperatures had set in and 25 miles per hour (40.23 kilometres per hour) winds had died down.
But fire officials said wind was still a factor.
No injuries had been reported and no structures had been lost.
The blaze was just five per cent contained.
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