Crash on I-15 near Temescal Canyon burns 25 acres

Update 8:15 p.m.: Fire 100% contained at 7:00 p.m. Resources will remain on scene throughout the evening to mop up hot spots and patrol containment lines. Final size was 25 acres.

A traffic collision involving a pick up truck hauling a trailer overturned this afternoon on the I-15 near Temescal Canyon Road. The overturned truck sparked a fire that quickly spread.

No one was hurt but witnesses reported seeing the hillside catching fire and noted the crash site was near a propane yard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CAL Fire and Riverside County fire fighters were on the scene after receiving a call at 2:03 p.m. The Corona Fire Department was on scene as well. The California Highway Patrol closed Temescal Canyon Road.

A Sig Alert was issued and two northbound lanes were shut down by 2:30 p.m. They were reopened a half-hour later, CHP reported.

Temescal Canyon Road between Hostettler and Lester roads was also shut down, said spokesperson for the Riverside County Fire Department, Jody Hagemann.

It was not immediately known whether the damaged power lines caused an outage. Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service helped in trying to douse the flames, Hagemann reported.

A total of 110 fire fighters were assigned to the fire along with 13 engine companies, one truck company, one helicopter and one air tanker.

As of 3:45 p.m. fire was holding at approximately 25 acres. A large pile of corrugated plastic pipe is burning and putting up back smoke. One person in the vehicle towing the trailer was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital with minor injuries. Four other passengers refused treatment.

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