Firefighters extinguished a brush fire that may been intentionally set Monday on the south end of Riverside that threatened homes as it burned roughly three acres.

Crews rushed to the area of Krameria and Dauchy Avenues, in a community known as Orangecrest near the Riverside County boundary at about 11:15 a.m., according to the Riverside Fire Department.

A total of 68 firefighters from the city and county fought the blaze, which moved through high grass at a moderate rate. A Cal Fire water-dropping helicopter was called in to make runs on the brusher, which was in close proximity to several properties.

The fire’s forward rate of spread was stopped at 11:45 a.m. It was fully contained by 1:40 p.m., Riverside Fire Department officials said.

Earlier, witnesses had called 911 to report a man fleeing the area where the fire started, and sheriff’s deputies detained the suspect, whose identity was not immediately released.

RFD arson investigators were summoned to question him.

City News Service contributed to this story.



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