Blaze in Corona stopped before reaching homes


Last updated 8/3/2018 at 9:36am

CORONA - A five-acre wildfire that broke out today on a hillside in Corona and spread rapidly toward a residential area was stopped before it reached homes.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 11:10 a.m. near the intersection of Palisades and Serfas Club drives, south of the Riverside (91) Freeway.

Corona and Riverside County fire crews were sent to the location, along with crews from the cities of Anaheim and Riverside, providing mutual aid, according to reports from the scene.

Flames raced toward the backyards of homes on Juniper and Bayberry drives, and Corona police officers initiated evacuations at those and other locations within the Sierra Del Oro enclave.

However, with help from Cal Fire water-dropping helicopters and air tankers, the fire's forward rate of spread was halted about 12:10 p.m., at which point evacuations were rescinded. By 1:30 p.m., the fire was fully contained, officials said.

Crews were expected to spend most of the afternoon mopping up. The cause of the fire was under investigation.


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