Wildfire erupts west of Lake Elsinore, blackening hillside

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Firefighters work to save a home while battling the Rose Fire near Lake Elsinore Wednesday, June 10. Valley News/Colby Morain photo

LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) – A wildfire that erupted today in the hills just west of Lake Elsinore scorched roughly six acres before crews got it partially contained.

The non-injury blaze was reported just before 4 p.m. due west of Rose Street, north of Ortega (74) Highway, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The agency said 24 engine crews and three hand crews, numbering over 150 personnel, were sent to the location and encountered flames burning upslope, away from homes but close to the highway.

Two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter were summoned to make drops on the blaze, halting its forward rate of spread and permitting crews to begin establishing containment lines.

No structures were threatened.

The fire was expected to be fully contained by nightfall.

California Highway Patrol officers directed motorists along the roadway to keep moving after several vehicles pulled to the side of the two- lane corridor to watch the firefight.

Along with county fire personnel, crews from the U.S. Forest Service were on hand.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

A helicopter drops water on the Rose Fire near Lake Elsinore Wednesday, June 10. Valley News/Colby Morain photo