A fire erupted Tuesday adjacent to a Salvation Army facility in Perris, damaging the building and spreading into a field alongside Interstate 215, burning roughly an acre.
The blaze was reported about 3:35 p.m. next to the Salvation Army & Family Store at 24201 Orange Ave., according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Fifteen engine crews and two truck companies were sent to the location and encountered flames devouring a large debris pile, extending to the temporarily closed Salvation Army building.
The three-alarm blaze made a run into a field, moving quickly toward the freeway, which was blanketed in smoke, according to the California Highway Patrol. No traffic lanes were closed, however.
Several spot fires were reported, keeping firefighters on the move. Help was requested from other agencies, including the Riverside Fire Department.
CHP officers shut down the intersection of Harvill and Orange avenues for public safety.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
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