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Brushfire north of Lake Elsinore burns four acres


Last updated 8/29/2018 at 4:19pm

Courtesy of CalFire

This photo shows a car that caught fire and ignited a hillside in north Lake Elsinore today.

LAKE ELSINORE - A wildfire that erupted today in the hills north of Lake Elsinore scorched roughly four acres before it was contained.

The non-injury blaze started after a car's engine caught fire about 12:05 p.m. in the area of Lindell and Snake roads, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

A battalion chief at the scene said the BMW sedan was consumed in flames, and the fire quickly spread into surrounding brush, traveling uphill.

The driver was unscathed and was waiting for firefighters near the car, according to reports from the scene.

About 70 personnel went to the scene, but due to the rugged terrain, several air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter were needed to suppress the brusher, according to the fire department.

The aircraft spent less than 30 minutes making runs on the fire before returning to Hemet-Ryan Airport. The blaze was almost completely encircled by 2:30 p.m. Crews were expected to remain at the scene until late afternoon.

The fire was within two miles of the foot of the Cleveland National Forest, where U.S. Forest Service strike teams are continuing to contend with flare-ups from the 23,000-acre Holy Fire.


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