RIVERSIDE – A brush fire broke out Thursday, Aug. 31, amid soaring temperatures in an unincorporated area of Riverside, blackening about 85 acres before a thunderstorm rolled into the area.
The blaze was reported at 10:13 a.m. in the hills above Abbey Court near Marlborough Avenue and Northgate Street, Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department said. It doubled in size within an hour, then began burning at a much slower rate, with crews reporting 50 percent containment as of 3 p.m.
Personnel from both the Riverside County and the Riverside City fire departments battled the flames with the aid of water-dropping helicopters.
There was no immediate word on what sparked the fire, which caused Metrolink to halt commuter train lines that run near the burn area. Riverside Transit Agency bus service was provided to as an alternative to passengers of Perris Valley Lines 733 and 734, according to Metrolink.