Truck sparks small brush fire near Aguanga

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Cal Fire crews mop up the scene of a vehicle fire, checking for hot spots at the Highway Fire in Aguanga Wednesday, Sept. 30. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

A vehicle caught fire Tuesday, Sept. 30, near Aguanga, sparking a brush fire that scorched 3 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; the eastbound lane reopened at about 8:30 a.m. and the westbound lane was reopened by noon.

Witnesses say that this Toyota Tundra was the cause of the Highway Fire in Aguanga. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Fire engines block the southbound lane on Highway 371 at the 3-acre Highway Fire. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Lookouts keep watch for additional fire activity at the Highway Fire. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Firefighters douse hot spots while mopping up the Highway Fire in Aguanga. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Fire engines line up on Highway 371 and Foolish Pleasure Road. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo