Firefighters contain vegetation fire near Thermal airport

COACHELLA, Calif. - Firefighters contained a vegetation fire burning in very dry brush near the Thermal airport, said a fire department spokeswoman.

Melody Hendrickson said the fire had burned 4 acres of in the Whitewater storm drain by 10 a.m., which was littered with dry vegetation.

Seventeen mile-per-hour winds were reported in the area with a wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service.

They contained it 30 minutes later.

There were no homes or buildings threatened by the flames, Hendrickson said.

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