Blaze Burns in Canyon South of Hemet

Blaze Burns in Canyon South of Hemet

News Staff

A brush fire that broke out Thursday just south of Hemet scorched about 20 acres, but did not damage any homes or other structures before it was contained.

The non-injury blaze was reported at  2 p.m. in the area of Gibbel Road and Quiet Hill Drive, near the Ramona Bowl, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Ten engine crews from the county and Hemet Fire Department, as well as four Cal Fire hand crews — numbering close to 100 personnel — were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a moderate rate to the east, according to reports from the scene.

Four Cal Fire air tankers and two water-dropping helicopters from Hemet-Ryan Airport, less than four miles to the northwest, made a series of runs on the brusher, which was fully contained by 3:15 p.m.

No homes were threatened during the fire, which were confined to a canyon.

Sheriff’s deputies closed access to Girard Street at the Ramona Bowl for public safety.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.