A brush fire that erupted Monday just northeast of Lake Elsinore burned 80 acres and briefly threatened residences before it was partially contained.

The non-injury “Toro Fire” was reported at 2:20 p.m. in the 26200 block of El Toro Road, roughly two miles east of Interstate 15, according to the Riverside County Fire Department

Twenty-three engine crews and five hand crews, numbering more than 150 personnel, deployed to the brusher, encountering flames moving at a moderate rate into hills, according to reports from the scene.

Sheriff’s deputies evacuated three homes on the east side of El Toro at the outset of the fire. However, the flames veered in another direction, bypassing the properties.

At the height of the blaze, four Cal Fire air tankers and two water-dropping helicopters were called in to make runs. A battalion chief at the scene initially feared the fire could expand to 200 acres given the amount of overgrown vegetation.

At 4:30 p.m., the fire was declared 50 percent contained, and the forward rate of spread had been stopped.

Power lines went down in the vicinity of the fire, creating additional hazards along the dirt portion of El Toro, where crews were staging.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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