Workers removing weeds in an open field at Kimball and Euclid avenues in Chino sparked a 3-acre brush fire Tuesday afternoon, Chino Valley Fire District officials said.
No injuries were reported, and no homes or businesses were threatened, said fire district spokeswoman Massiel Ladron De Guevara.
Firefighters were called at 3:15 p.m. to the field on the northeast corner of Euclid and Kimball, finding flames and heavy smoke coming from the field.
Smoke was visible from as far away as Riverside.
It took firefighters about 75 minutes to knock down the flames and they spent several more hours putting out hot spots. Firefighters from Cal Fire assisted with extinguishing the blaze.
Northbound Euclid Avenue was closed north of Bickmore Avenue for a short time and Kimball Avenue was shut down west of Euclid, Ms. De Guevara said.
The workers were removing the weeds one day before the Chino Valley Fire District’s deadline to have overgrown weeds removed from properties for its biannual weed abatement program.
Fire investigators began inspecting 44,000 Chino Valley properties Wednesday.
Property owners could receive a $300 fine if their properties are not in compliance
The cost to clear the hazard and a $328 administration fee will be billed to the property owner, fire officials said.