Fire breaks out near Lake Mathews, halted at 35 acres

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LAKE MATHEWS (CNS) – A brush fire broke out today in an open field just northwest of Lake Mathews, but fire crews held the blaze to about 35 acres.

There were no reports of any injuries or structural damage caused by the Sobrante Fire, which was reported at 12:05 p.m. in the area of El Sobrante Road and La Sierra Avenue, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Multiple engine crews were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a moderate rate through high grass, fire officials said.

Cal Fire water-dropping helicopters and air tankers were summoned to make runs on the brusher, forming initial containment lines to bound the fire on several flanks. With winds blowing less than 5 mph, firefighters were not contending with gust hazards as they worked their way around the brusher.

By 1:15 p.m., fire officials announced that the spread of the fire had been halted at 35 acres, but crews were continuing to mop up hot spots.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.