WINCHESTER (CNS) – A brush fire that erupted Monday, Aug. 31 near a Winchester intersection scorched 4 1/2 acres before firefighters stopped it.
The non-injury “Keller Fire” was reported about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Keller and Leon roads, just west of Highway 79, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Eight engine crews and two hand crews — numbering close to 100 personnel — were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a moderate rate toward a hillside. Two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter were summoned to make runs on the brusher, establishing tentative containment lines and bringing the fire’s forward rate of spread to a halt about 2:45 p.m.
By 3:45 p.m., the blaze was 50% contained, and full containment was expected by 5 p.m.
Officials at the scene originally estimated the blaze was 10 to 12 acres, but mapping by aircraft indicated it was half that size.
No homes or other structures were damaged.
Sheriff’s deputies shut down Keller in both directions at the location for public safety.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.