A brush fire that charred 214 acres in an unincorporated area near Beaumont was fully contained Sunday, and fire crews were clearing out of the area.
The non-injury fire ignited at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Lamb Canyon Road and California Avenue, in the Badlands southeast of Beaumont.
The sparsely populated area is marked by rugged, hilly terrain that is difficult to access, except by dirt roads.
Firefighters responded with an aggressive air and ground attack on the flames, which were initially burning “at a moderate to dangerous rate of spread” in highly combustible brush, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The so-called Wolf Fire exploded from 20 to 214 acres in a matter of hours, but firefighters took advantage of the surrounding roads, using them as containment lines to choke off the fire.
About 180 county firefighters battled the blaze at its height and were assisted by three Cal Fire water-dropping helicopter and four air tankers.
No structures were threatened.
Last week, a fire ravaged 525 acres about five miles west of this fire, near Gilman Springs Road and Jerry Street, prompting the evacuation of numerous homes.
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