Riverside County fire spreads to 200 acres; evacuations ordered – Los Angeles Times

Riverside County fire spreads to 200 acres; evacuations ordered - Los Angeles Times
Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Juniper Flats Community in Riverside County, Evacuations Ordered
A 200-acre brush fire that erupted Saturday in the Juniper Flats area between Perris and San Jacinto forced mandatory evacuations of more than 200 people and is 10% contained as of Sunday morning, authorities said.

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

Damage caused by California wildfires has grown five-fold over the past 40 years. NASA says the increase in wildfires is indicative of climate change and warned that they will become more common and harder to stop as we live in a warmer and drier climate. 

Mandatory Evacuations Ordered for Brush Fire in San Jacinto

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.

The latest wildfire comes as California continues to battle its biggest wildfire of 2019. Nearly 2,000 firefighters are tackling the Walker Fire that’s already burned more than 50,000 acres in the Plumas National Forest, northeast of Sacramento. 

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

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

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

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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.

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

Cal Fire says mandatory evacuations are in place for the community of Mayberry near the intersection of Cottonwood avenue and Warren road.

Brush fire breaks out in Juniper Flats causing evacuations

Southern California firefighters continued to battle a wildfire Sunday morning that forced the evacuation of dozens of homes.

No word yet what caused the blaze. Stay with News Channel 3 as we continue to learn more about the "horseshoe fire."

The fire began shortly before 6 p.m Saturday in San Jacinto, California, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. By 11:30 p.m. Saturday, it had grown to about a third of a square mile and was 10% contained.

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

Fire officials ordered the evacuation of about 60 homes and more than 200 residents near Cottonwood Avenue and Warren Road, according to KNBC. Another 40 homes were threatened by the fire.

The blaze, called the Horseshoe Fire, was first reported at 5:52 p.m. Saturday near the 21000 block of Horseshoe Trail.


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