A wildfire that broke out Monday south of Vail Lake scorched roughly three acres before Cal Fire aircraft made a series of water drops that stopped it.
The non-injury blaze was reported shortly before 3 p.m. between Highway 79 and Vail Lake Road, about two miles east of the Temecula city limits, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter reached the location prior to engine crews and initiated runs that prevented the brusher from accelerating, according to reports from the scene.
About 3:45 p.m., the fire’s forward rate of spread had been stopped, and air crews had completed establishing tentative containment lines that enabled personnel to make rapid progress encircling the brusher.
No homes were threatened, and no roads were closed because of the fire, which was expected to be completely contained by 6 p.m.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.