Crews are battling a small fire in Riverside County, off Highway 79 and Dump Road near Beaumont.
The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. and was a quarter-of-an-acre in size. By 2:40 p.m. it was 12 acres and 50 percent contained.
Air tankers and a helicopter are assisting more than five dozen firefighters on the ground.
It is burning vegetation in an unincorporated area of the county known as Lamb Canyon.
Highway 79 connects Beaumont in the north with Hemet in the south.