A fire that broke out Thursday in the Santa Ana River bottom near downtown Riverside charred 70 acres and threatened homes before it was stopped.

The non-injury blaze was reported at 10:25 a.m. just northeast of McLean-Anza Narrows Park, according to the Riverside Fire Department.

More than two dozen engine crews from the city and Riverside County, as well as several Cal Fire hand crews, numbering about 100 personnel, were sent to the location and encountered flames in thick brush along the river bottom.

The blaze steadily consumed vegetation to the northeast, eventually reaching a neighborhood abutting the Santa Ana River Trail. Shortly after 1 p.m., a mandatory evacuation order was implemented for residents on Old Ranch Road and Park Cliff Court. However, the order was lifted 90 minutes later, as crews made progress blocking the fire’s path.

Two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter made runs on the fire and its forward rate of spread was stopped by 4 p.m.

By nightfall, the blaze was almost 50% contained, officials said.

Firefighters were working through dense foliage to encircle the blaze, according to reports from the scene.

The location is dotted with homeless encampments, but the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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