Fire crews from Palm Springs, Cal Fire, Riverside County and the U.S. Forest Service are at the base of Mt. San Jacinto battling a brush fire that broke out Sunday morning. It burned 30 acres, according to fire officials.
News Channel 3’s crew on the scene reported the fire had spread half way up the mountain, west of Highway 111 near the Windy Point area. Crews achieved 100-percent containment of the fire by 2 p.m., according to News Channel 3’s Mike Daniels.
The fire was reported about 10:10 a.m. near Angel Canyon, north of Tramway Road, according to Capt. Fernando Herrera of the Riverside County Fire Department.
Dozens of firefighters, four helicopters and 3 air tankers also battled blaze, according to News Channel 3’s Mike Daniels.
Smoke could be seen from all over the Coachella Valley.
No structures were threatened right now, but cars are pulling off to the side of the road to watch. Fire officials are warning against this.
One person was taken into custody by authorities. Investigators believe he was smoking a cigarette at the base of the mountain, and started the fire.