MURRIETA – Firefighters stopped the forward progress of a small group of spot fires that burned seven acres on a hillside in the Santa Rosa Plateau, west of Murrieta, Dec. 31.
The fire was 50 percent contained as of 3:15 p.m.
The flames ignited shortly before 1:30 p.m. near Clinton Keith Road and Avenida La Cresta, said Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department. Motorists on nearby Interstate 15 made multiple reports about the fire to California Highway Patrol dispatchers.
According to Hagemann, 150 firefighters, two helicopters and two air tankers were deployed to the fire site.
No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported, she said.
The westbound lanes of Clinton Keith Road remained closed at the Murrieta city limit for about 3 hours while firefighters battled the blaze.