Firefighters battle 6-acre brush fire in Corona area that closed 71 Freeway

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A 5-acre brush fire was burning in the Corona-Chino Hills area on Aug. 2, 2021. (Cal Fire Riverside)

A 5-acre brush fire was burning in the Corona-Chino Hills area on Aug. 2, 2021. (Cal Fire Riverside)

Firefighters battled a brush fire in the Corona-Chino Hills area that prompted the temporary closure of the 71 Freeway in the midst of afternoon traffic on Monday, officials said.

The fire, dubbed the Rincon Fire, erupted about 1:30 p.m. in the Prado Basin near the northbound 71 Freeway, north of the 91 Freeway, Cal Fire reported in a tweet.

As of 3:00 p.m. the fire was reported to be holding at about six acres and firefighters from multiples agencies, as well as aircraft from Cal Fire, were on scene.

A SigAlert was issued, with the eastbound and westbound 91 Freeway connector shut down to the northbound 71 Freeway while firefighters work to extinguish the blaze.

Traffic along the northbound 71 Freeway was jammed from Butterfield Ranch near where the fire was burning to the 91 Freeway.

All lanes were reopened around 6:30 p.m.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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