Riverside County firefighters contain one brush fire while making significant progress on larger blaze – Los Angeles Times

Riverside County firefighters contain one brush fire while making significant progress on larger blaze - Los Angeles Times
Sycamore Canyon fire in Riverside at 75% containment
A brush fire that coursed through the center of Riverside’s Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park stayed at 250 acres and was 100 percent contained at about 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Firefighters fully contained the fire after it was 75 percent contained Sunday morning. Firefighters had worked through the night and were aided by increased humidity.

No injuries or damage to structures were reported from the fire that broke out Saturday afternoon. Firefighters remained on scene to deal with potential flareups.

“We will continue to have people on the fire for days to come,” said Riverside Fire Department Capt. Brian Guzzetta.

“We caution everyone to be careful in the burn zone. People recreating in the area might find unstable footing, potholes and fire-damaged trees that could come down,” Guzzetta said.

Trails in the immediate vicinity of the 1,500-acre park’s visitor center at 400 Central Ave., the venue’s northeast end, were open to hikers on Sunday, staff said. People were asked to stay out of the burn area until the firefighters made sure it was safe.

The fire was reported at 2:30 p.m. in the area of Via Zapata and Verdugo , in the northwest corner of the park. Afternoon winds drove the fire up slope, from north to south.

It grew to 250 acres around 5 p.m., but aerial tanker and helicopter drops of fire retardant and water allowed firefighters to get the upper hand, and the acreage remained unchanged overnight.

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RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Firefighters made significant progress overnight and the brush fire that blackened 250 acres in Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park near Riverside is now completely contained.

No injuries or structure damage has been reported. Firefighters are continuing to mop up remaining hot spots, according to Riverside Fire Department Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst.

As many as 135 firefighters and 25 engines were dispatched to fight the fire. CBS2/KCAL9’s Nicole Comstock reports the blaze was fought from the ground and the air, with at least two fire-fighting planes and water-dropping helicopters deployed.

The fire began Saturday afternoon near the northwest part of the park and within a few hours more than 100 acres were burning.

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