Wildfire Scorches Open Space Near Corona Municipal Airport

posted by City News Service - 

CORONA (CNS) - A brush fire that broke out just northeast of Corona Municipal Airport blackened 40 acres and was 10 percent contained today and authorities say the fire's forward progress has been halted.

The blaze, dubbed the Rincon Fire, was reported about 3:15 p.m. Monday in the area of Corydon and Rincon streets, but was not immediately threatening homes, according to the Corona Fire Department.

Crews from Corona, Riverside and Cal Fire worked throughout the early morning hours to contain the fire, the Corona Fire Department said.

The blaze prompted the closure of Auburndale Street from Palos Verde Drive to Rincon Street, Greenbrier Avenue and Rincon Street from Corydon Avenue to Alcoa Circle.

Twenty-six engines were on site during its peak, along with one helicopter -- from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, officials said.

No evacuations were immediately ordered, but authorities warned residents to remain vigilant as weather conditions can change.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The public was advised to call (951) 817-5800 for fire information.

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