A fire that erupted Monday in the Santa Ana River bottom near a Riverside park blackened four acres amid high winds before crews stopped its forward progress.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 11:50 a.m. just east of Van Buren Boulevard and north of McLean-Anza Narrows Park, according to the Riverside Fire Department.

Multiple city engine crews and several regional hand crews were sent to the location, encountering flames moving through a confined area, close to where another brusher started on Thursday and consumed roughly 70 acres before it was knocked down.

Northerly winds blowing 15 mph and gusting over 30 mph pushed the flames in the direction of the park before crews gained the upper hand about an hour later, according to reports from the scene.

The area is dotted with homeless encampments, where warming fires during the winter are common. However, the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Crews were expected to achieve full containment of the fire by mid-afternoon.

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