MEAD VALLEY (CNS) – A fire that appeared to have been intentionally ignited Thursday in Mead Valley blackened roughly an acre and prompted a road closure but did not cause any injuries or damage.
The blaze was reported about 11:40 a.m. along Markham Street, near Cable Lane, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The agency said that multiple engine crews were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a moderate rate through an open field.
Because of its proximity to Markham, sheriff’s deputies closed the street between Cable and Misty Lane.
At 12:05 p.m., the fire’s forward rate of spread was stopped, and it was more than 50% contained, according to reports from the scene.
A man was located who apparently admitted starting the fire, and arson personnel were sent to investigate further.
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