A car that caught fire Monday on a San Jacinto road was completely destroyed, and the flames spread to a field, scorching a half-acre before crews gained the upper hand.
The non-injury blaze was reported at 12:30 p.m. on North Warren Road, near the Ramona Expressway, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The agency said the fire erupted within the engine compartment of the sedan, quickly spreading to the rest of the vehicle, which was engulfed by the time engine crews reached the location.
The driver had safely extricated himself.
Flames extended to nearby weeds and then spread across a field amid light north winds, according to reports from the scene.
Sheriff’s deputies closed Warren to give firefighters space to lay hose lines, clogging traffic at the location.
The blaze was knocked down 25 minutes later.
Warren was reopened to traffic at 1 p.m.
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