A fire that erupted Monday in a large mulch pile adjacent to a Meadowbrook home blackened roughly 20 acres and threatened structures before crews stopped it with the help of Cal Fire aircraft.

The non-injury blaze was reported at 3:05 p.m. in the 22600 block of Norma Street, just west of Marie Street, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Multiple crews were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a moderate rate through medium grasses. Three Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter were summoned and initiated a series of runs that boxed the flames into an area with dirt roads on two sides, according to reports from the scene.

The fire’s forward rate of spread was stopped about 3:45 p.m., though firefighters were continuing to tie up gaps.

At least two unoccupied structures were in the fire’s path, but there were no reports of damage.

It was unclear whether the mulch was intentionally set ablaze as part of a refuse burn, or the fire started another way.

Temperatures in the area were close to 100 degrees when the fire began.

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