A brush fire burning in the unincorporated Nuevo area of Riverside County near Hemet had charred 200 acres and was 10% contained early Thursday as firefighters battled red-flag conditions, including wind gusts of up to 35 mph, and an evacuation order was issued for some west Hemet residents.

The fire was reported just after 2 a.m. in the 23900 block of California Avenue, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The first crews on scene reported about 10 acres of brush had burned and the fire was moving at a moderate rate of spread. By about 3:30 a.m., the fire had grown to 200 acres, the department said.

As of about 4:20 a.m., the department reported the fire was 10% contained.

An evacuation order was issued for residents who live on California Avenue, north of Tres Cerritos Avenue. A temporary evacuation point was established at Tahquitz High School, 4425 Titan Trail.

Large and small animals can be taken to San Jacinto Valley Animal Shelter, 581 S. Grand Ave.

A total of 180 firefighters were assigned to the fire along with water- dropping aircraft.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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