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A brush fire erupted Monday in the hills just west of Temecula, burning about a half-acre before Cal Fire aircraft initiated a series of runs that slowed its advance.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 1:20 p.m. in the area of Via Pino and Via Vaquero, in the unincorporated community of De Luz, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The agency said that two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter reached the location prior to ground crews and began making drops on the brusher, which was burning upslope, away from homes.

As of 2 p.m., the fire’s progress had slowed, but it was continuing to burn along the hillside, according to reports from the scene.

Multiple engine and hand crews were deployed to the area.

There was no immediate word on what might have sparked the blaze.

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