MECCA – A brush fire has scorched 15 acres near a mobile home park at Avenue 64 and Lincoln Street in Mecca and has left many without power, according to the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.
The flames were reported about 6:20 p.m. Thursday.
The fire initially burned five acres but by 7:55 p.m. it had grown to 15 acres. No injuries have been reported and as of 1:10 a.m. Friday., the blaze was 75 percent contained.
It also knocked out power to 1,175 Imperial Irrigation District customers in the area but by 8:36 p.m. crews had managed to restore power to 245 of those customers, said IID spokeswoman Marion Champion.
She did not know the boundaries of the outage.
“We are waiting for crews to get clearance to move in,” Champion said, adding that it was unclear when full power would be restored.
Crews from the Palm Springs Fire Department and IID were providing assistance to county firefighters, according to fire officials.
The blaze was burning slowly, said Melody Hendrickson, a Cal Fire/Riverside County fire spokeswoman. And the temperature on scene was measured at about 104 degrees.
A plume of smoke from the fire could be seen as far west as La Quinta.