Blaze Breaks out near Moreno Valley Freeway

MORENO VALLEY – A brush fire that broke out today on the east end of Moreno Valley, forcing the closure of a road, blackened about 12 acres before crews got it under control.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 2:50 p.m. near the eastbound Moreno Valley (60) Freeway, just west of Gilman Springs Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers briefly shut down Gilman Springs between Alessandro Boulevard and the 60 as the flames approached the four-lane road, a heavily used north-south corridor between Moreno Valley and San Jacinto.

Twelve engine crews and four hand crews, numbering about 80 personnel, deployed to the fire, along with four air tankers and two water-dropping helicopters.

By 4:30 p.m., the fire was encircled, and crews were being released from the scene, while remaining personnel conducted mop-up operations, according to the fire department.

The CHP said that a motorist ran into a fire truck while exiting the 60 at Gilman Springs, but no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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