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Residents flee as brush fire rages in Rialto

UPDATE 11/14 @9am  – The Sierra fire is at holding at 147 acres with 75% containment. Structure threat mitigated. Riverside Ave remains closed between Sierra Ave and Locust Ave in Rialto. Firefighters will continue to monitor neighborhoods and ensure fireline integrity. CAL FIRE San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Fire Department and Rialto Fire Department are in unified command.

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RIALTO, Calif. ( — Fire crews are aggressively fighting a wind-driven vegetation fire in the city of Rialto, just south of the 15/215 interchange.

The fire, dubbed the #SierraFire was reported to be 2-3 acres just before 10:00 pm, in the area of Sierra and Riverside Avenues with heavy fuels and a rapid rate of spread.

The winds quickly pushed the fire south and dangerously close to the Ferguson Park neighborhood and caught several backyards on fire.

By 10:20 pm, the fire had quickly grown to 20 acres and was threatening multiple structures.

A channel 7 news helicopter broadcasting live over the fire showed dramatic images of residents fleeing from their homes as they evacuated.

Rialto police were seen going door to door evacuating residents living in the Ferguson Park neighborhood.

According to Channel 7, there are currently no air assets available and ground crews are at the scene.

San Bernardino County Fire Department, Cal Fire, and Rialto Fire Department are in a unified command as they continue to fight the fast-moving fire.

This is a developing story and information will be updated as it becomes available.

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