Evacuations Ordered As Firefighters Battle 100-Acre Blaze In Nuevo – CBS Los Angeles

Evacuations Ordered As Firefighters Battle 100-Acre Blaze In Nuevo - CBS Los Angeles
Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Juniper Flats Community in Riverside County, Evacuations Ordered
RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Firefighters were battling a 100-acre vegetation fire threatening homes in Nuevo Saturday.

The Riverside County Fire Department and CAL FIRE dispatched to the 21000 block of Horseshoe Trail shortly before 6 p.m.

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Evacuations were in place for the community of Mayberry near the intersection of Cottonwood Avenue and Warren Road.

Expand As the fire crept down a steep ridge toward homes in San Jacinto, authorities ordered mandatory evacuations for a cluster of homes in The Cove area near the intersection of Cottonwood Avenue and Warren Road, the fire department said about 7:20 p.m. The orders included a new tract of homes located west of Warren Road and south of Mulberry Street, which is southeast of where the fire started.

A care and reception center has been established at Tahquitz High School, located at 4425 Titan Trail in Hemet.

“It appears for the fire to be that low, some of those homes must be in danger,” said Lymuel while standing from his yard, looking west at the flames and the sparkling lights of fire crew engines. Lymuel has lived at his San Jacinto home for 15 years and has never seen a fire this close to the home.

A 100-acre brush fire that erupted Saturday in the Juniper Flats area between Perris and San Jacinto forced mandatory evacuations of more than 200 people, authorities said.

The reported size of the Horseshoe fire was 100 acres with 0% containment as of 8:40 p.m., according to the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department. That was up from 75  acres reported at 6:40 p.m.; and 10 acres just after the fire started.

It was reported at 5:52 p.m. in the 21000 block of Horseshoe Trail, Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Rob Roseen said.

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The blaze was first reported at 10 acres but jumped to 75 acres by 6:40 p.m., Roseen said. Officials said the fire had grown to 100 acres by 8:40 p.m. There was no containment.

A view of the Horseshoe fire from a SoCal Edison fire camera in Idyllwild, looking east toward the San Jacinto and Hemet communities, taken at about 7 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2019. (Courtesy of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory)

“The first arriving engine reported the fire burning in heavy fuels with a moderate rate of spread,” he said.

Riverside County crews raced to extinguish a brush fire Saturday evening burning amid heavy vegetation near the Juniper Flats neighborhood, east of Nuevo;  and near a San Jacinto neighborhood, authorities said.

More than 200 firefighters were assigned to battle the fire along with two air tankers and one helicopter, Roseen said.

“It looks good out there. The wind and weather are working in our favor … ” Cal Fire/Riverside spokesman Rob Roseen said, adding he had no reports of structures that were damaged or destroyed.

At least 60 homes and more than 200 residents were under mandatory evacuation as of Saturday night, CAL Fire Riverside said.

On the other end of the hills toward Nuevo, the fire prompted road closures for portions of Juniper Flats Road and Stagecoach Road, said Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Robyn Flores.

Evacuations are in place in San Jacinto near the intersection of Cottonwood Avenue and Warren Road, CAL Fire Riverside said. Homes in this community, to the west of Warren Road and south of Mulberry Street, are under a mandatory evacuation, authorities said.

Even though they appeared to be out of path of the fire, Lymuel and his wife were planning to evacuate to a hotel due to concern of air quality as black plumes of smoke blew into their neighborhood.

A care and reception center has been established at Tahquitz High School, located at 4425 Titan Trail in the city of Hemet.


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