Mulch fire in Desert Hot Springs

Smoke from fire seen throughout west valley

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - Firefighters battled a mulch fire burning in Desert Hot Springs Friday morning. 

The Riverside County Fire Department said the mulch fire was first reported near 20th Avenue and Palm Drive at 4:55 a.m.

The fire was sending a plume of smoke into the sky visible from the freeway, much of Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, and Palm Springs.

Crews contained the fire around 8 a.m.

20 firefighters were on scene monitoring the fire and a bulldozer was clearing debris to prevent the fire from spreading in a series of dry piles. A water tender was also on scene.

Smoke from the fire could be smelled in Thousand Palms.

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