WHITEWATER — More than 100 firefighters were battling a 100-acre wildfire that ignited in Whitewater on Sunday, about 10 miles east of the massive Apple fire.

The blaze was reported at 1:26 p.m. near Whitewater Canyon Road in the Whitewater Preserve area, according to the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

The fire was earlier measured at 10 acres at 2:30 p.m. It was burning at a moderate rate and crews on the ground were requesting additional resources.

As of 4 p.m., a total of 140 county firefighters — including 22 engine companies and two hand crews — were working to put out the flames.

Additionally, three helicopters and two air tankers were assisting.


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