Black smoke rising along the eastern boundary of Wildomar Wednesday evening was caused by a vehicle fire inside a garage, authorities say.
The blaze, reported at 5:47 p.m., occurred in the 32400 block of Cottonwood Canyon Road.
According to a report from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson, a vehicle inside a free-standing garage caught fire and the flames spread to nearby vegetation.
No one was injured in the half-acre blaze, which was contained at 6:12 p.m.; a nearby residence was not damaged, Hendrickson reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.