A vegetation fire was reported on June 1, 2015, around 1016 hours PDT on the Bureau of Indian lands at Ave 66 and Harrison Street in Riverside County, California. The fire began as a small ten-acre fire in heavy vegetation including mulch and Tamarisk Trees.
At around 1300, the CHP began closing down roadways near the fire incident. Approximately, 45 minutes later, the Sheriff’s Office began conducting evacuations of nearby mobile home park located just north of Avenue 66 at Tyler Street and east Harrison Street. The streets were being closed by the CHP. The fire had grown to 30 acres at this time.
At 1530 hours, the fire had exploded to 75 acres, prompting an evacuation center to be opened. A local transit company sent a bus with A/C to help REHAB firefighters. At this time, two firefighters were being evaluated for non-threatening injuries.
A few hours later, around 1509 hours, the Firefighters report the fire contained at 30%.
Two hours later, the fire has crept up to 80 acres with a 40% containment status. The evacuation orders have been lifted.
The next morning at 0737 hours PDT on June 2, 2015, the fire is holding still at 80 acres with a 40% containment status. Firefighters’ hard work has paid off from overnight.
At 1400 hours, a firefighter is transported by ambulance with unknown non-threatening injury.
Almost 3 hours later around 1438 hours PDT, Fire Managers announce the fire is at a 60% containment status.
As of June 3, 2015, the fire was reported at 1924 hours PDT with a 85% containment. Firefighters are beginning to get a hold on this fire more quickly as the days pass by.
June 4, 2015, at 1845 hours PDT, it was reported that the fire was still holding at 80 acres but the containment status had increased to 95%. It was stated their expected time of 100% containment would be on June 5, 2015.
Incident Command was released back to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, after all resources had been released from the fire incident.
That Was Then……
A new update on the fire as of 1615 hours PDT on June 5, 2015, in there have been a few developments. The firefighters that have remained on scene, have found some increasing winds making mop-up operations somewhat difficult. All-in-all, as today the fire still is being held at 95% containment and limited to 80 acres.
New expected containment is on Saturday, June 6 around 1400 hours PDT.
Resources that were on scene at the time of fire were:
- American Red Cross
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- CAL FIRE/Riverside
- CHP – Indio Division
- Imperial Irrigation District
- Riverside Co Fire OES
- Riverside Co Roads
- Riverside Co Sheriffs Office
Great job to all who worked so hard in the heat, dry conditions and protecting the great citizens of California.
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