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Big Oops: County Worker Sparks Destructive "Volcano Fire" While Mowing Weeds

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A fire that broke out Wednesday dubbed the "Volcano Fire" has been attributed to sparks from a mower operated by a Riverside County Transportation Department employee. The blaze destroyed one two-story home in Murrieta.

According to Riverside County Fire Department Battalion Chief Phil Rawlings, the mower got tangled up in barbed wire, which caused sparks that ignited the brush, reports L.A. Now.

The fire "burned through the Sylvan Meadows park area near the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve and into rural La Cresta, a neighborhood dotted with large hilltop homes," ultimately burning 350 acres, reports the Press-Enterprise.

Though the fire was reported "fully contained" earlier Thursday morning, officials have revised that to 75 percent contained, with full containment expected tonight, according to

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Three firefighters sustained minor injuries while working to put out the fire.