A brush fire erupted Wednesday on a hillside in Homeland, burning nearly an acre before crews began making progress toward containment.
The non-injury blaze was reported at 4 p.m. between Briggs and Sultanas roads, just north of Highway 74, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The agency said multiple engine crews were sent to the location and encountered flames in medium vegetation, moving across open space, not immediately threatening homes or other structures.
A Cal Fire water-dropping helicopter was summoned from Hemet-Ryan Airport to make runs on the brusher.
As of 4:20 p.m., firefighters were working to establish tentative containment lines, though the fire’s forward rate of spread had not been stopped, according to reports from the scene.
There was no word on what triggered the fire.