Corona Brush Fire Extinguished After Forcing Lane Closures on 15 Freeway

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A brush fire forced two lanes on the 15 Freeway to close in Corona on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (Credit: Danielle Borland)

More than 100 firefighters extinguished a brush fire that forced two lanes on the 15 Freeway to temporarily close in Corona Monday afternoon.

The blaze started off the northbound side of the freeway just after 2 p.m. when a pickup truck pulling a trailer overturned, according to the Riverside County Fire Department’s incident fact sheet.

The California Highway Patrol issued a SIG Alert for two of the northbound lanes on the 15 Freeway due to the crash and resulting fire at 2:30 p.m., the CHP incident log stated.

Temescal Canyon road between Hostettler Road and Lester Road were also closed due to the fire, according to the Fire Department.

As of 2:50 p.m., roughly 25 acres had been charred, but no evacuations were issued, according to the incident sheet. The fire was completely contained as of 7 p.m., the Fire Department said.

One hundred and ten firefighters, one helicopter and two air tankers were sent to fight the blaze.

The truck driver was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries and four passengers refused treatment, according to the Fire Department.

All lanes on the 15 Freeway had reopened as of 3:15 p.m., according to the CHP.

KTLA’s John A. Moreno contributed to this report.