Firefighters Friday afternoon were still working to contain a fire in Thermal that broke out Wednesday.

The fire had burned 51 acres and was 75% contained as of 2 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

While there were no updated acreage or containment numbers as of 5:30 p.m., Fire Department spokesman Rob Roseen said crews were continuing to work the blaze.

The fire was first reported just after 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 87000 block of Avenue 66, where those arriving at the scene found a large mulch pile burning at about five acres. Crews fought the brusher throughout the night.

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, the blaze had scorched about 10 acres and was 60% contained, officials said, but by 3 p.m., the fire had spread to another 30 acres outside the initial containment area and additional resources were dispatched.

It had been reported at 70 acres Thursday night, but firefighters were able to more accurately map the blaze on Friday, Roseen said.

Avenue 66 was closed between Fillmore Street and Tyler Street while crews worked to keep the brusher at bay. Tyler Street was also closed from Avenue 66 to Avenue 62, according to the Fire Department.

A total of 60 firefighters were assigned to the blaze as of Friday morning, the Fire Department reported.

No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened.

A brush fire that erupted north of Blythe, meanwhile, was 100% contained late Thursday night, burning a total of 45 acres, according to Roseen.

The blaze was reported just before 12:41 p.m. Thursday in a hayfield near Highway 95 and Second Street near Blythe, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

A total of 40 firefighters battled the blaze, had been burning in heavy brush and driven by strong winds, the fire department said.

Cal Fire crews were assisted by the Blythe Fire Department in working to contain the blaze.

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