The Corona Municipal Airport reopened Sunday as firefighters continue to battle a 1,087-acre fire that was 40% contained Sunday afternoon.
The wildfire erupted shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday within the Prado Reservoir, bordering Riverside and San Bernardino counties, on the north side of airport, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
About 300 personnel from multiple agencies were sent to the location, encountering flames in thick vegetation, burning at a moderate rate away from the airport.
It took about five hours on Wednesday for the fire to char 50 acres. By Thursday morning, it had devoured 105 acres, and by Thursday evening, it had grown to 750 acres, according to the county fire department. The fire’s size has mostly remained steady since Friday night, with only a slight amount of growth.
The airport had been shut down since Wednesday because of the firefighting activity but reopened at noon Sunday.
“It’s looking really good around the airport,” Corona Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Peterson said in a briefing Friday. “We have aircraft to support our firefighters, who are progressing, working toward (full containment).”
Several structures were threatened in the initial stages of the blaze, but crews prevented the flames from causing damage, according to reports from the scene.
The blaze began in the same area as a small fire reported in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday and was contained a short time later. There was no word on whether the two were connected, or what might have sparked either blaze.