Firefighters Battle 96-Acre Wildfire in Nuevo Area of Riverside County
Firefighters were battling wildfire that burned 96 acres in the Nuevo area of Riverside County Saturday, officials said.
The fire erupted at about 10:36 a.m. near the 27000 block Orange Avenue, according to Cal Fire Riverside.
The first responding firefighters reported 1/4 acre burning slowly, but it spread to about 96 acres five hours later, according to the department’s online fact sheet.
A helicopter and two crews of 90 firefighters and 13 engines worked to extinguish the blaze.
A photo from the scene shows a thick black cloud of smoke billowing over a desert area as a helicopter dropped red fire retardant overhead.
At 12:40 p.m., the department reported that the forward progress of the fire was stopped, and by 3:13 p.m., the fire was 100% contained at 96 acres.
No injuries were reported.
Fire officials have not specified the cause of the fire, but it comes amid a heat wave as parts of Southern California experienced triple-digit temperatures.
The temperature in the small rural community at the time of the fire was reported at about 100 degrees.
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory effective through 8 p.m. Sunday.
KTLA’s Kristina Bravo contributed to this report.