Firefighters Saturday contained a wildfire that began in a grove of tamarisk trees in Rancho Mirage before growing to a quarter-acre.

The fire started about 12:40 p.m. at the intersection of Ramon Road and Bob Hope Drive, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Initially, firefighters reported that a fire was burning in a 100-feet-by-30-feet stretch of tamarisk trees surrounded by dry vegetation. The fire grew to encompass a quarter-acre of brush and burned at a slow rate in heavy fuels, officials said.

Fire crews managed to contain the blaze at 4:22 p.m., and a nearby railroad that had been temporarily shut down was reopened to train traffic.

Officials urged the public to use caution in the area because firefighters remained at the scene mopping up hot spots.

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