A wildfire broke out Friday on a hillside just north of state Route 371 in Anza, burning roughly five acres and threatening a ranch as crews deployed to contain it.
The non-injury blaze was reported at 3:25 p.m. in the area of Indian Road and Deer Mountain Way, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The agency dispatched 18 engine crews and four hand crews that encountered flames burning at a moderate rate to the north, approaching power lines and a ranch.
Staff at the nearby Cahuilla Indian Casino were the first to spot the flames and called 911.
Because the fire was burning on a slope with no access for vehicles, several Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter were summoned to make runs on the brusher.
As of 4 p.m., there was zero containment of the blaze, but the flames were moving toward a dirt road, which was expected to provide a natural containment line on one side of the wildfire, according to reports from the scene.
There was no immediate word on what triggered the fire.
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