LAKE ELSINORE – A brush fire that erupted on the west end of Lake Elsinore, blackening just over 200 acres, was 100 percent contained Thursday afternoon.
The non-injury “Rose” fire was reported at 2:20 p.m. Monday in the 14800 block of Amorose Street, near Grand Avenue, on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest.
According to the Riverside County Fire Department, crews completely encircled the remnants of the brusher by 5 p.m. today.
Multiple engine crews and several hand crews will remain at the location into Friday to mop up.
At its height, the wildfire threatened properties along Amorose Street, Rockridge Road, Ainsworth Place and Toft Drive. Residents were under evacuation orders for a few hours Monday evening.
Investigators determined that the fire was caused accidentally, possibly while a homeowner was trying to clear brush with a mower and ran into rocks, triggering sparks that ignited vegetation.
Along with Riverside County fire crews, personnel from the U.S. Forest Service and the Orange County Fire Authority worked to contain the blaze.