A brush fire that broke out Monday alongside Interstate 15 in Eastvale burned five acres in a field and disrupted freeway traffic, but did not threaten homes or vehicles.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 2:45 p.m. along the southbound side of I-15, near Limonite Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Multiple Riverside County and Corona Fire Department engine crews encountered flames burning in vegetation along the shoulder of the freeway.

Several motorists had stopped and tried to extinguish the blaze using fire extinguishers, but the winds were too high, and the flames spread into open space, according to reports from the scene.

Crews were initially making progress encircling the brusher, but it extended beyond containment lines about 3:50 p.m., prompting a call for additional resources. Shortly after 4 p.m., the fire’s forward rate of spread was stopped, and a few minutes later, it was declared 100% contained.

The CHP shut down the exit to eastbound Limonite from southbound I-15 to accommodate first responders. The freeway remained open during the firefight, but traffic was very slow through the area because of the activity.

Crews were expected to finish mopping up by nightfall.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

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