A brush fire that erupted Tuesday at the south end of Anza scorched about 75 acres and threatened homes before crews blunted its progress with the help of Cal Fire aircraft.
The 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.
The agency said several dozen engine and hand crews from the county and neighboring jurisdictions were sent to the location and encountered flames burning to the north at a moderate rate amid light winds.
Five Cal Fire water-dropping helicopters and five air tankers were called in to make runs on the brusher, which threatened multiple properties as it burned into an orchard along Ramsey Road, according to reports from the scene.
Sheriff’s deputies were summoned to close the road and warn residents of possible evacuations. It was not immediately known whether any homes were damaged or evacuated.
By 4:30 p.m., the blaze was slowing down, allowing firefighters to establish tentative containment lines along its western flank, officials said.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
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