A brush fire that broke out Monday near Lake Mathews consumed about 15 acres and prompted a road closure but did not damage homes or other structures.
The non-injury blaze was reported about 2:15 p.m. in the area of Temescal Canyon and Terramor roads, just southwest of the lake and east of Interstate 15, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
An agency spokeswoman said multiple county engine and hand crews deployed to the brusher, aided by Corona Fire Department personnel.
With the help of air tankers and water-dropping helicopters from Hemet-Ryan Airport, the fire’s forward rate of spread was halted by 4 p.m., and the blaze was also declared 20 percent contained, according to reports from the scene.
The fire approached buildings in the 24800 block of Terramor, but none of the structures were impacted.
Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers shut down Terramor between Temescal and Crestley Drive for public safety and to give emergency crews freedom to move.
Firefighters were contending with triple-digit heat and light winds, but a battalion chief at the scene estimated the fire would be under control by nightfall.
There was no word on what triggered the blaze.