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200 Firefighters respond to California brush fire that has forced residents to evacuate

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A brush fire that broke out in the Santa Ana River bottom in Norco, Calif., quickly grew to 100 acres Tuesday morning, forcing nearby residents to evacuate.

The blaze, dubbed the Mann fire, was reported at 9:51 a.m. near California Avenue and Grulla Court. More than 200 firefighters are at the scene battling the fire by ground and air, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Homes north of North Drive from Crestview Drive to California Avenue have been ordered to evacuate. Residents north of 8th Street, east of Pedley Avenue and south of the Santa Ana River have also been told to leave their homes, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The National Weather Service had issued a high-wind warning in the area at the time the fire broke out.

Television footage showed firefighters spraying down trees and homes near the fire as strong winds whipped through the area. A helicopter made water drops, and smoke was visible across Riverside County.

Northeast winds are gusting between 15 and 25 mph in the area, according to the weather service.

Evacuation centers have been set up at Corona High School and Corona Jurupa Valley High School. Residents with large animals are being told to go to the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center.

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