A wildfire erupted Thursday on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest near Corona, prompting mandatory evacuation orders as the flames raced through dry timber.

The non-injury blaze was reported shortly after 3 p.m. in the area of Skyline Drive and Burrero Way, near the entrance to a popular hiking spot, according to the Corona Fire Department.

The fire spread across 20 acres within an hour, and by late afternoon it was being estimated by Cleveland National Forest officials at 50 to 75 acres.

Because the area is technically part of unincorporated Riverside County, the county fire department took command at the scene. More than two dozen engine crews from the county, Corona, Riverside and the U.S. Forest Service converged on the location, with 230 personnel working to contain the brusher, according to a county fire department spokeswoman.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents in the Orchard Glen community on Trudy Way, Folson Circle, Brannan Circle, Burrero Way, Rawley Street, Burnett Circle, Elker Road, Corbett Street, Gareth Circle and Fanning Circle as the fire continued to spread.

Corona police shut down Foothill Parkway between Elysia Street and Paseo Grande to prevent traffic from interrupting firefighting efforts.

Six air tankers and three water-dropping helicopters were summoned to make runs on the wildfire, which was spreading through vegetation at a moderate rate amid light winds, according to county officials.

Smoke could be seen from the Riverside (91) Freeway to the north and Interstate 15 to the east, prompting multiple calls to the California Highway Patrol.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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