A pair of fires that erupted Tuesday near railroad tracks in Jurupa Valley quickly scorched two acres, threatening homes and railroad tracks.

The non-injury blazes were reported about 3 p.m. along Pedley Road, between 56th Street and Van Buren Boulevard, near the Pedley Metrolink station, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Multiple engine crews from the county and city of Riverside Fire Department were sent to the area and encountered flames in two separate locations, within a couple of blocks.

Several homes were threatened in the 6000 block of Pedley, authorities said, but there was no immediate word on evacuations.

The railroad line serving Metrolink commuter traffic and freight trains was in the path of one of the fires, and officials requested that operators approach with caution, but the tracks were not immediately shut down.

Sheriff’s deputies closed Pedley between 56th and Van Buren to accommodate the fire fight.

A Cal Fire water-dropping helicopter was requested to make drops on the blazes, which were bound by roads, limiting their expansion potential, according to officials at the scene.

The cause of the fires was not immediately known.

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