Fire scorches several acres east of Hemet


HEMET (CNS) – A brush fire erupted on Friday, Oct. 4 on a hillside just east of Hemet, scorching about three acres before crews got it partially contained.
The non-injury blaze was reported at 2:40 p.m. in the area of Highway 74 and Grant Avenue, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Multiple engine crews were sent to the location and encountered flames burning upslope at a slow rate, according to reports from the scene.
Two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter from nearby Hemet-Ryan Airport were made runs on the blaze, suppressing the flames and enabling crews to make quick progress encircling it.
The fire was expected to be fully contained by 4 p.m.
The cause was under investigation.