Car fire triggers wildfire alongside 60 freeway east of MoVal

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MORENO VALLEY (CNS) – A car blaze Thursday triggered a brush fire alongside the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway between Beaumont and Moreno Valley that charred roughly 100 acres before slowing down.
The non-injury blaze was reported about 12:50 p.m. on the shoulder of the eastbound 60, near Jack Rabbit Trail, in a barren hill-studded area known as the Badlands, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Several dozen engine crews and three hand crews — numbering about 130 personnel — from the county and surrounding jurisdictions were sent to the brusher, which spread to the south at a brisk pace until Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter made a series of runs that choked off places for the blaze to burn.
No structures were immediately threatened.
The California Highway Patrol shut down all eastbound lanes on the 60 between Jack Rabbit and the city limits of Moreno Valley, as well as one westbound lane. A SigAlert was issued at 2 p.m. because of the ensuing traffic jam.
Eastbound motorists were being diverted onto Gilman Springs Road.
The vehicle fire may have started because of an overheated engine, according to reports from the scene. The motorist was not injured, but the entire vehicle was consumed.