Benton Fire Reaches 75 Percent Containment in Anza Area of Riverside County, Officials Say

Firefighters have stopped the forward spread of a fire that has burned an estimated 63 acres in the Riverside County community of Anza on Wednesday, officials said.

The Benton Fire sends smoke billowing into the sky in the Anza area on July 4, 2018. (Credit: Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department)

The Benton Fire sends smoke billowing into the sky in the Anza area on July 4, 2018. (Credit: Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department)

The blaze, dubbed the Benton Fire, was reported at 2:20 p.m. near Benton Road and Crams Corner Drive, according to Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department.

Just after 7:30 p.m., officials tweeted the fire was estimated to be 75 percent contained. A few hours earlier,  a photo from the scene showed smoke billowing high into the sky.

It was not immediately known if any structures were threatened; however, no evacuation orders were issued.

About 120 firefighters along with air tankers and helicopters were helping to fully contain the fire, officials stated.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.