A brush fire broke out Friday in Mecca, blackening 20 acres in fewer than two hours and causing the temporary evacuation of homes as firefighters battled the blaze.
The non-injury blaze was reported at 2:10 p.m. in the area of Avenue 68 and Lincoln Street, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Some homes were evacuated temporarily with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, officials tweeted.
An agency spokeswoman said the evacuation order was no longer in place as the structures are no longer under threat.
Officials tweeted that “more accurate mapping” showed that the fire was about 20 acres rather than the 30-acre estimate originally reported.
As firefighters battled on, the CHP closed down Lincoln Street from Avenue 68 to Avenue 70.
An agency spokeswoman said that a helicopter along with 18 engine crews, three water tender crews and a bulldozer operator — numbering about 70 personnel — were sent to the location and encountered flames in palm trees and surrounding brush.
Winds were blowing about 10 mph from the north, according to area weather reports.
There was no word on what triggered the fire.