A wildfire burned 10 acres in the badlands along the 60 Freeway between Moreno Valley and Beaumont, and was contained Sunday.
Previously, fire officials said the fire had burned up to 20 acres, but the acreage was later downgraded by half.
The fire was reported at 10:45 a.m. beside Highway 60 east of Gilman Springs Road, a remote area full of rugged rolling hills, said Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.
“Aggressive firefighting by ground and air resources quickly stopped the forward spread,” she said just before noon.
Less than an hour later, Hagemann said the two air tankers and 60 firefighters from 10 engine companies dispatched to the area had fully contained the fire.
The California Highway Patrol closed the right eastbound lane on Highway 60 due to the fire, but it has since reopened.
A caller told a CHP dispatcher that he saw people shooting in the area where the fire started and “saw a vehicle take off at high speeds after he heard a loud bang.”
Law enforcement personnel were investigating the cause of the fire, Hagemann said.
There were no reports of injuries and no structures were threatened.
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