A six-acre brush fire that broke out northwest of Corona prompted the closure of northbound State Route 71 Monday afternoon.
The blaze was reported at about 1:30 p.m. in the Prado Basin, an unincorporated county area north of the Riverside (91) Freeway and east of SR-71, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Just before 3 p.m., the fire department in a tweet said the fire was holding at six acres and crews would remain on scene for about three more hours “performing mop-up.” There was no word on what sparked the blaze.
All northbound lanes on SR-71 were shut down, as were the eastbound and westbound connectors from the 91 Freeway to the northbound SR-71 in Corona, triggering a SigAlert, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Multiple fire agencies were assisting county firefighters. A water-dropping helicopter and two air tankers were also deployed.
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