Fire near Joshua Tree National Park headquarters being investigated as arson

(Steve Raines / Joshua Tree National Park)

A fire that was reported Monday night at 9:15 pm inside Joshua Tree National Park is being investigated as an arson.

Crews were alerted to the blaze at 9:15 pm, according to a news release. The 2.5 acre fire was in the Oasis of Mara directly behind the Joshua Tree Oasis Visitor Center and Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters.

San Bernardino County Fire and National Park Service/Bureau of Land Management Fire staff responded and were able to put out the flames.

No word yet on how much damage was done to park and natural resources, though no structures were damaged.

The Oasis of Mara will be reopened to the public at a later date.