A brush fire that erupted Friday in a field just west of Perris scorched roughly 2.5 acres before it was stopped with the aid of Cal Fire aircraft.
The non-injury blaze was reported at noon in the area of Cajaclo and Wood roads, in an unincorporated community known as Mead Valley, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The agency said seven engine crews and two hand crews, numbering more than 50 personnel, were sent to the location and encountered flames burning in open space toward a drainage at a moderate rate.
No homes or other structures were immediately threatened.
Two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter were summoned to make runs on the brusher, and at 12:40 p.m., the forward rate of spread was stopped. By 1 p.m., the blaze was over 50% contained, and full containment was expected before 2 p.m., according to reports from the scene.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
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