A brush fire that erupted Thursday near the Santa Ana River bottom in Riverside scorched roughly seven acres and threatened several properties before being stopped.

The non-injury blaze erupted about 4:25 p.m. in the area of Indian Hill Road and Mission Inn Avenue, according to the Riverside Fire Department.

The agency said multiple crews from the city and the Riverside County Fire Department were sent to the location and encountered flames running upslope toward the backyards of homes several hundred yards south of the bone dry river bottom.

Firefighters quickly deployed and prevented the fire from reaching the fence lines, establishing tentative containment lines at the head of the fire and halting its forward rate of spread just before 5 p.m., according to reports from the scene.

Cal Fire aircraft originally summoned to the location were cancelled and did not make any runs on the blaze.

The fire was expected to be completely knocked down before nightfall.

There was no immediate word on what might have sparked it.

Numerous homeless encampments ring the river bottom, and cooking, warming and refuse fires are common there year-round.

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