Firefighters contained a two-alarm fire that ignited in a junk yard in Riverside Monday that sent dark plumes of heavy smoke into the air and prompted police to advise nearby businesses to evacuate.
The fire was reported at about 10:20 a.m. west of Spruce Street and Chicago Avenue, in the Hunter Industrial Park neighborhood, according to the Riverside Fire Department.
The blaze burned northeast of a school bus depot, where employees removed some of the buses closest to the fire as a precaution, fire officials said.
The fire was contained just after noon.
The flames burned over a hundred junked vehicles at the Allied Auto Salvage yard, but no structures were threatened, according to fire officials.
At about 11:30 a.m., Riverside city police officers were requested to advise people in businesses in the 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue to either evacuate or otherwise shelter in place due to the large amounts of smoke given off by the fire.
“There [will be] dark black smoke drifting over the Eastern part of the city of Canyon Crest, Mission Grove and Orangecrest for the next several hours,” fire officials said in a tweet.
Callers told a CHP dispatcher that the smoke could be seen from up to five miles away.