Full containment expected soon

BANNING, Calif. -

Crews focused on hot spots as the Silver Fire neared full containment today, having charred 20,292 acres, destroyed 26 homes and injured a dozen people since breaking out south of Banning on Wednesday.

The fire was 95 percent contained Monday morning, with full containment expected later today or Tuesday, fire officials said. Earlier, 100 percent containment had been expected on Sunday.

An 11th firefighter was injured during Sunday's effort to complete containment lines, officials said. The extent of the injury was unknown.

Some 1,400 firefighters remained on the scene Sunday, and nine helicopters continued to make water or retardant drops.

One civilian suffered serious burns the first day of the fire. He was riding a mountain bike in the area, and is not suspected of starting the blaze, which remains under investigation, officials said.

The San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, where evacuated residents could take their pets, and the Beaumont High School evacuation center closed Sunday, with nearly all evacuated residents having returned to their homes.

The Silent Valley RV Park remained closed amid safety concerns and ongoing firefighting operations. Residents were allowed to go in early Sunday morning to get some of their things.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency in Riverside County, making Silver Fire victims eligible for federal aid.

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