A brush fire that erupted Tuesday on the south end of Anza scorched about 75 acres and prompted evacuations of homes on several streets before being brought under control.
The non-injury blaze was reported shortly before 2 p.m. in the area of Gully View Drive and Rock Canyon Road, bordering the Cahuilla Indian Reservation, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Several dozen engine and hand crews from the county, the Orange County Fire Authority and the Corona, Hemet and Palm Springs fire departments were sent to the location and encountered flames burning to the north at a moderate rate amid light winds.
At the height of the blaze, a half-dozen Cal Fire water-dropping helicopters and five air tankers were called in to make runs on the flames, which threatened multiple properties while burning into an orchard along Ramsey Road, according to reports from the scene.
Evacuation orders were implemented by sheriff’s deputies in the area of Bailey and Terwilliger roads, as well as Tule Canyon Truck Trail and Nicholson Springs Road, according to the fire department.
At 5:45 p.m., the fire’s forward rate of spread was stopped, according to reports from the scene. All air tankers were released and returned to their bases for the night, while several helicopters were kept in orbit to assist crews with tightening up containment lines.
The blaze was expected to be fully contained Wednesday morning. It was unclear when the evacuation orders might be lifted.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
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