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.