A brush fire blackened about four dozen acres in Palm Springs Friday, injuring a firefighter and engulfing a farmhouse on tribal land amid triple digit temperatures.
The blaze was reported about 12:45 p.m. on the southern edge of the city, in the Andreas Ranch area near South Palm Canyon and Acanto drives, and sparked several spot fires.
One firefighter from the Bureau of Land Management suffered a “minor heat-related injury,” but no other injuries were reported as of 5 p.m., when authorities reported the blaze was 45 percent contained.
Riverside County and Palm Springs City firefighters were joined by personnel from the Bureau of Land Management, Cathedral City and Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who were contending with 117-degree heat.
An “older farmhouse” was lost to the flames, according to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who said the ongoing firefight had included several airdrops on the 46-acre fire area.
Authorities shut down all local traffic south of Acanto Drive and advised motorists to avoid the area.