A brush fire that erupted Tuesday in the Badlands east of Moreno Valley scorched 35 acres, burning into open terrain away from homes and other structures, as Cal Fire aircraft slowed its advance.
The non-injury blaze was reported at 12:03 p.m. in the area of Gilman Springs Road and Jack Rabbit Trail, near Mystic Lake, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Multiple engine and hand crews from the county, Corona Fire Department, Murrieta Fire & Rescue and Riverside Fire Department were sent to the location and encountered flames moving to the northeast.
The Badlands area is sparsely populated, with miles of rolling hills and few entrance points beyond Gilman Springs.
Four Cal Fire air tankers and two water-dropping helicopters initiated runs on the brusher shortly before 1 p.m., slowing it down and giving crews time to begin establishing tentative containment lines.
The fire remained 0% contained as of 1:15 p.m.
Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers shut down the southbound side of Gilman Springs, between Alessandro Boulevard and Bridge Street, to give fire crews space to maneuver.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.