riverside county fire truck
Riverside County Fire Truck. Courtesy of rvcfire.org

A brush fire that broke out Monday north of San Jacinto blackened roughly 20 acres on a hillside before being knocked down.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 12:15 p.m. along Gilman Springs Road, just west of Highway 79, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Fifteen engine crews and seven inmate hand crews were sent to the location, along with several Cal Fire water-dropping helicopters and air tankers, according to the fire department.

The tankers remained until shortly before 2 p.m., when firefighters stopped the blaze’s progress. The flames were concentrated on a hill, and a small housing development was within a half-mile of the fire but the flames never posed a threat, according to officials.

By 4 p.m., the fire was contained, and two hours later, it was declared under control, according to reports from the scene.

The California Highway Patrol shut down westbound lanes on Gilman Springs Road at the Highway 79 juncture for public safety, but the route was completely open again by 4 p.m.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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