Palm Desert wildfire fully contained

PALM DESERT, Calif. - A four-acre wildfire that started in a Palm Desert-area canyon was 100 percent contained or surrounded Wednesday, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said.

``We've pretty much got it,'' Forest Service spokesman Lee Beyer said shortly before 5 p.m.

Firefighters will check the burn area over the next few days and expect to declare it fully controlled by Friday.

A Forest Service employee reported the fire about two miles west of Highway 74 in the Cat Creek drainage area in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to John Miller of the Forest Service.

Crews from the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and Riverside County Fire Department were sent to the scene. Four crews were sent to the fire today, Beyer said.

Beyer said the fire was burning at the bottom of a canyon, more than a mile from structures. He said one helicopter made water drops and another transported firefighters to the blaze.

How the fire started has not been determined.

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