A fire that burned a grove of palm trees in the unincorporated community of Woodcrest Saturday prompted an evacuation order for a nearby neighborhood.

The 1.5-acre blaze was reported at 12:16 p.m. in the 15000 block of Cartwright Drive, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Fire officials said the flames were burning near structures, and as a precaution the area south of John F. Kennedy Drive, north of Van Buren Boulevard, east of Porter Avenue and west of Dauchy Avenue was evacuated.

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