Blaze erupts in eucalyptus grove north of Lake Elsinore

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A firefighting helicopter drops water on a wildland fire in the area of Red Gum drive and Honey Lane in Lake Elsinore Wednesday, June 10. Valley News/Marc Danielian photo

LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) – A fire erupted today in a eucalyptus grove on the northeast edge of Lake Elsinore, quickly charring 3 acres and threatening structures as crews worked to contain it.

The non-injury blaze was reported at 12:20 p.m. in the area of Red Gum Drive and Eucalyptus Avenue, just east of Interstate 15, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Multiple engine crews were sent to the brusher and encountered flames burning at a moderate rate toward homes.

Before the forward rate of spread was stopped at abouut 1:15 p.m., evacuations were possible, according to reports from the scene.

Cal Fire air tankers and water-dropping helicopters were dispatched to make runs on the blaze.

There was no word on how it started.

Firefighters battle a wildland fire in the area of Red Gum drive and Honey Lane in Lake Elsinore Wednesday, June 10. Valley News/Colby Morain photo
An airtanker drops fire retardant on a wildland fire in the area of Red Gum drive and Honey Lane in Lake Elsinore Wednesday, June 10. Valley News/Colby Morain photo
A firefighter works to put out the flames in the area of Red Gum drive and Honey Lane in Lake Elsinore Wednesday, June 10. Valley News/Marc Danielian photo
A firefighter works to put out the flames in the area of Red Gum drive and Honey Lane in Lake Elsinore Wednesday, June 10. Valley News/Marc Danielian photo
A firefighter works to put out the flames in the area of Red Gum drive and Honey Lane in Lake Elsinore Wednesday, June 10. Valley News/Marc Danielian photo