The fire began shortly before 6 p.m Saturday in San Jacinto, California, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. By about 12:30 p.m. Sunday PST, it had grown to about a seventh of a square mile and was 20% contained.
Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Juniper Flats Community in Riverside County, Evacuations Ordered
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.
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The blaze, called the Horseshoe Fire, was first reported at 5:52 p.m. Saturday near the 21000 block of Horseshoe Trail.
Crews responded to the 21000 block of Stagecoach Trail, in Juniper Flats after 6:30 p.m. The first arriving engine reported the fire burning in heavy fuels with a moderate rate of spread. The Horseshoe Fire has burned 490 acres and is 20% contained.
My neighbor just sent me this video of what my backyard view looks like right now. No one is allowed to enter my neighborhood any more. #HorseShoeFirepic.twitter.com/bwUrWPMT2o
Some 235 firefighters were deployed to the blaze, dubbed the ‘Horseshoe Fire’, along with two air tankers and one helicopter. No injuries have so far been reported.
T-73, last drop of the night.#HorseshoeFire@CALFIRERRU Contour Ave / Warren St in Juniper Flats pic.twitter.com/qF9cFnxNW1
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.
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.
Expand As the fire crept down a steep ridge toward homes in San Jacinto, authorities ordered mandatory evacuations for a cluster of homes including 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.