A fire erupted Wednesday in a homeless encampment on the southern edge of Jurupa Valley, extending into palm trees and a construction site as firefighters worked to contain it, encountering hostile transients in the process.

The blaze was reported at about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Baldwin and Limonite avenues, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The agency said multiple engine crews were sent to the location and encountered flames raging in a debris pile and the remnants of an RV, producing a large column of black smoke, billowing over the city.

No injuries were reported.

As firefighters attempted to run hose lines toward the blaze, several transients reportedly became aggressive, attempting to physically disrupt the firefighting operation.

Sheriff’s deputies were requested and arrived within a couple of minutes, dispersing the malcontents, according to reports from the scene.

A Cal Fire water-dropping helicopter was requested to make runs on the blaze, but the chopper was not at the scene as of 1 p.m.

The fire spread to a tree line and into a construction site as crews worked to encircle it, officials said.

There was no immediate word on how it might have started.

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