A fire that broke out Thursday in a debris pile in Homeland spread amid breezy conditions, but fire crews prevented the flames from reaching residences.
The non-injury blaze was reported about 12:20 p.m. at 25650 Creag Avenue, just north of Highway 74, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Responding crews encountered flames moving to the south, propelled by light Santa Ana winds.
The fire started in a large trash heap, but it was unclear if it was part of a residential refuse burn or had ignited by some other means. Winds scattered the flames, causing spot fires away from the main debris pile blaze, which was largely contained by 12:50 p.m., according to officials at the scene.
The smaller fires were keeping crews busy, and it was unknown when they might be contained.
No homes were immediately threatened, and no evacuations were pending.