A Riverside County Fire Department truck. Photo courtesy City of Jurupa Valley.
A Riverside County Fire Department truck. Photo courtesy City of Jurupa Valley.

A fire that blackened 130-acres of vegetation and forced the closure of Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal was 90% contained Tuesday morning.

“Resources will remain on scene working to fully contain the fire,” the Riverside County Fire Department tweeted about 7:15 p.m. Monday.

Eleven engines and one water tender were working to complete containment of the fire, which broke out just before 11 p.m. Saturday and quickly consumed 10 acres near the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Shady Lane.

Containment efforts were hampered Sunday by high winds and blowing sand, Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said. One firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries battling the flames, she said.

According to Hagemann, some airport property was damaged along with mulch-making machinery at a livestock feed business. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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