Car sparks small brush fire near Aguanga

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AGUANGA (CNS) – A vehicle caught fire Wednesday near Aguanga, sparking a brush fire that scorched three acres before firefighters got it under control.

The non-injury blaze was reported at about 7 a.m. on the side of Highway 371, south of Foolish Pleasure Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

By 8 a.m., the forward rate of spread had been halted, and firefighters remained on scene working toward full containment, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Both highway lanes were temporarily closed, although the eastbound lane reopened at about 8:30 a.m.

The CHP said the westbound lane was expected to reopen between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. so that firefighters could finish clean-up efforts