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A Ca lFire engine. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

A wildfire burned over swaths of rugged hilly terrain in the Pine Valley area Monday, blackening 120 acres but posing no immediate structural threats.

The blaze erupted for unknown reasons shortly after 11:30 a.m. off Pine Creek Road in Noble Canyon, according to Cleveland National Forest public affairs.

Within three hours, the burn area had grown to about 120 acres, forestry officials reported.

The flames pushed to the northeast through grass and heavy brush, away from populated areas, as ground crews and personnel aboard air tankers and water-dropping helicopters worked to subdue the fire.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Updated at 4:00 p.m. August 22, 2022