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A vegetation fire burned more than 60 acres near the I-10 Freeway in Cabazon on Tuesday.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to the intersection of Bonita Avenue and Elm Street around 12:45 p.m. after learning of the fire.

The fire, nicknamed the “Carmen Fire,” was initially reported about a half-mile from the eastbound lanes of Highway 10, but by 1:30 p.m. it had already reached some bushes along the highway, covering all lanes with thick smoke.

Flames spread at a moderate rate through medium-thick brush, requiring ground units to assist in fighting the fire with three CalFire firefighting aircraft and a firefighting helicopter, fire officials said.

So far, four outbuildings have been destroyed.

Emergency crews managed to keep the fire from spreading to the highway, which remained open throughout the day. No evacuation orders or warnings were issued as the fire grew in intensity late Tuesday night.

By 9 p.m., the fire had destroyed 26.5 hectares of land and was 40 percent contained.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

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