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Moving Manzanita Fire burns 5000 acres; 10 percent contained

The Manzanita Fire was reported shortly after 3 p.m. near Highway 79 and Dump Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Two people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, officials said.Hundreds of firefighters from throughout the region have responded to assist with battling the wild-fire.Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said the Emergency Alert evacuation notice, is for Riverside Co residents only; no threat to San Bernardino county residents. However, by 11:45 p.m. local time Monday (2:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday) the highway was reopened, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department’s post on Facebook.Check back for updates on this developing story.Highway 79, between Gilman Springs and Beaumont, was shut down in both directions due to 30 acres burning on the west side of the highway, officials said.At 9:30 p.m. the fire was reported to have spread over 1,200 acres. Fire crews are on the ground and in the air struggling to get containment.The road closures are reportedly creating a traffic nightmare throughout the area.A CalFire agency spokeswoman said a two-car wreck with a post-crash eruption triggered the wildfire, which was closing in on the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley, as well as other lightly populated areas between Highland Home Road and state Route 243 in the Banning Pass.