RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A wind-whipped fire that broke out today in the Santa Ana River bottom in Riverside blackened about a quarter-acre before it was stopped.
The non-injury blaze was reported at 12:07 p.m. near the Mission Inn Avenue bridge, according to the Riverside Fire Department.
Multiple engine crews were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a moderate rate through thick brush, according to reports from the scene.
Winds were blowing at 20 mph and gusting to 30 at the time. A red flag warning is in effect for much of Southern California through Friday evening.
Firefighters quickly encircled the brusher, which did not threaten any homes or other structures.
Numerous homeless encampments dot the dry river bottom, and warming and cooking fires are a common occurrence.
The cause of the blaze was under investigation.