Three mobile homes and 59 acres were damaged by wildfire on a hillside just north of Highway 371 in Anza that threatened the Cahuilla Indian Reservation, county authorities said.
The non-injury Indian Fire was reported at 3:25 p.m. Friday, June 26, near Indian Road and Deer Mountain Way, officials with the Riverside County Fire Department said.
It was contained at 8:46 p.m. Saturday, June 27.
Six adults and two children were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
Staff at the nearby Cahuilla Indian Casino were the first to spot the flames and call 911.
Fire officials said 26 engine crews and nine hand crews – more than 250 personnel – fought the flames, which were burning at a moderate rate to the north, approaching power lines and a ranch.
Because the fire was burning on a slope with no access for vehicles, five Cal Fire air tankers and two water-dropping helicopters were summoned to make runs on the fire, officials said.
They established retardant lines that prevented the fire from jumping a dirt road; however, propelled by a strong desert breeze, the fire picked up speed and headed in the direction of homes on the edge of the reservation before it was contained.
The cause is under investigation.