A brush fire that broke out Thursday next to a reservoir in south Riverside scorched about more than an acre before it was stopped.
The non-injury blaze was reported about 10:50 a.m. near the intersection of Citrus Heights Drive and Van Buren Boulevard, according to the Riverside Fire Department.
The agency said multiple engine crews and truck companies were sent to the location and encountered flames burning to the north amid moderate winds.
The fire was just west of the Mockingbird Canyon Reservoir, providing a ready source of water for firefighting equipment. The area is sparsely populated by large equestrian properties, with extensive open space.
By 11:15 a.m., the brusher’s forward rate of spread was stopped, and it was near full containment, according to reports from the scene.
Witnesses reported seeing a transient leaving the location within minutes of the blaze erupting, but it was unclear whether he was connected to the brusher, which remains under investigation.
Riverside police officers briefly shut down Van Buren to the north of Citrus Heights for public safety, but the road was open by 11:30 a.m.
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