Riverside Fire Department crews finished mopping up Thursday in Fairmount Park, where a blaze erupted in a stand of trees, burning more than two dozen before the flames were knocked down.

The non-injury fire was reported about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on a bicycle path going through the Boy Scout Camp at the edge of the park, according to Battalion Chief Tony Perna.

“Upon our arrival, there were multiple trees burning with a direct exposure to other vegetation and more palm trees,” Perna said.

The flames spread into brush and scorched a total of 30 trees in a quarter-acre space before they were stopped 30 minutes later, according to the battalion chief.

“Extensive overhaul ensued due to the height of the trees and the amount of vegetation,” he said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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