A brush fire that erupted Saturday on a hillside near the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway between Moreno Valley and Beaumont blackened roughly six acres before crews began establishing tentative containment lines with assistance from Cal Fire aircraft.

The non-injury blaze was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 12:40 p.m. south of the eastbound 60, between Jack Rabbit Trail and Gilman Springs Road, in a desolate area known as the Badlands.

No homes or other structures were threatened, and the CHP said the freeway was not impacted.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, multiple engine crews were sent to the location and encountered a large plume of smoke rising on a hillside.

Three Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter were summoned to make runs on the brusher, aiding crews on the ground as they gradually encircled the blaze, according to officials at the scene.

As of 1:45 p.m., firefighters were making steady progress, with only light winds in the area.

A homeless encampment was close to the spot where the fire started, but it wasn’t immediately known whether the brusher was human-caused.

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