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Photos: Brush fire destroys 200 acres in Riverside County

A brush fire that began Thursday afternoon has destroyed more than 200 acres in Riverside County, officials said Friday.

The blaze was 30% contained on Friday morning, officials said. About 200 officials were on scene, includineg one water-dropping helicopter and two bulldozers.

The National Weather Service predicted winds as high as 35 mph on Friday. Firefighters had hoped winds would die down Friday so they could attack the brush fire more aggressively.

Here are some images of the fire aggregated from social media:

Brush fire near homes in Riverside County is 30% contained

Winds picked up in Riverside County on Friday morning as a brush fire that began Thursday afternoon continued to burn, destroying more than 200 acres of palm trees and thick patches of brush.

Firefighters had the blaze about 30% contained by 4 a.m. Friday, Riverside County Fire Department officials said.

The National Weather Service imposed a wind advisory in Riverside and San Diego counties early Friday morning. Meteorologists warned that residents could see gusts as strong as 35 mph until 4 p.m. Firefighting crews had hoped that calmer winds would allow them to attack the blaze overnight.

About 200 firefighters worked through the night to contain the blaze, which came dangerously close to homes, officials said. Crews were assisted by a water-dropping helicopter and 24 engine companies.

Authorities lifted voluntary evacuation orders for residents living on Greenbrier Drive and Grassy Trail in Riverside City.

The fire began along the Santa Ana River bottom between Riverside and an unincorporated part of the county at about 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, officials said. Flames as high as 30 feet quickly spread through the south end of the Rancho Jurupa  Regional Park, northwest of Riverside Municipal Airport.

Power was restored to Riverside City residents who had lost service Thursday. Officials reported that power lines were down Thursday,  but it was unclear whether those lines had caused the fire.

Earlier Thursday, the temperature at the nearby Riverside airport hit an unseasonable 80 degrees and light Santa Ana winds fanned the flames. Friday's high is expected to be around 84 degrees, the weather service said.

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Residents watch Riverside County fire burn close to their homes

Firefighters beat back flames in Riverside County brush fire

As a brush fire fueled by thick vegetation singed the backyards of homes in Riverside on Thursday night, some residents ignored voluntary evacuation orders and stood their ground as fire crews battled the blaze.

The fire had burned 150 to 175 acres and was about 20% contained. Firefighters hoped to take advantage of calm winds and cooler temperatures. 

Power lines were down, but it was unclear whether they had sparked the blaze. About 1,800 residents were without power, fire officials said Thursday night.

On a cul-de-sac along the river bottom, resident Jack Dalman, 84, and his wife watched flames blaze through the brush and singe the palm trees in their backyard. Their 29-year-old grandson John Dalman pulled a garden hose down to the riverbed and stood side by side with firefighters as they sprayed water onto the oncoming flames.

Jack Dalman was in a neighborhood under an evacuation order, but the retired Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy wasn’t leaving.

“We’ve been through this before,” said Dalman, who patrolled his back yard in short pants and sandals. “I don’t worry.”

Jim Ingraham, 77, saw a bank of palm trees explode into a bright orange ball of flames. But he said he wasn’t alarmed as he watched a bulldozer cut a fire line along the perimeter of the blaze.

“This is an annual thing,” said Ingraham, who also refused to evacuate.

The blaze quickly spread after breaking out Thursday afternoon along the Santa Ana River bottom between Riverside and an unincorporated part of the county, fire officials said. Flames up to 30 feet high consumed palm trees and thick patches of brush along a jagged half-mile front as firefighters sprayed water on rooftops and as residents with garden hoses doused embers in their yards. A thick plume of smoke was visible for miles.

About 200 firefighters, aided by a water-dropping helicopter, battled the blaze into the night as residents in several Riverside neighborhoods were advised to leave. Earlier in the day, the temperature at the nearby Riverside Municipal Airport hit 80 degrees and light Santa Ana winds fanned the flames.

By Thursday night, the winds were calm. Fire officials said that was providing ground crews an opportunity to beat back flames that had come perilously close to homes.

“Once the winds calm down, it allows us to get in there and do an aggressive attack,” Capt. Lucas Spellman of the Riverside County Fire Department said.

As fire crews swarmed hot spots, a mobile home about a quarter of a mile from the brush fire began burning and ignited a propane tank, which exploded into flames. Fire officials were investigating whether that blaze was ignited by embers from the brush fire.

Fire officials said crews would continue to douse hot spots through the night.

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Photo: Firefighters battle the flames Thursday night. Credit: Terry Pierson / Press-Enterprise

Evacuations ordered as Riverside County brush fire grows

A brush fire grows in Riverside County.

Some residents near a brush fire in Riverside County were being evacuated Thursday night as flames burned close to homes and had consumed up to 75 acres, officials said.

The fire was burning in Jurupa Valley in heavy brush straddling unincorporated county area and the city of Riverside. Evacuations were ordered for residents living on Greenbrier Drive and Rio Rancho Way in Riverside, fire officials said. 

It was unclear how many residents were affected by the order. 

About 200 firefighters were battling the blaze, which broke out about 4:30 p.m. and quickly grew from an initial 10 acres amid unseasonable warm weather and dry winds, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

Crews on the ground were being assisted by at least one water-dropping helicopter, the Riverside County Fire Department said. The blaze was about 20% contained.

Power lines were down in the area, but it was not clear whether downed lines sparked the fire.

Television footage showed flames burning in the darkness as they consumed palm trees. A thick plume of smoke was visible for miles. 

The fire broke out as a Santa Ana wind condition warmed up Southern California. Temperatures in Riverside County were in the low 80s Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. 

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Photo: Brush fire burns in Riverside County. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

Brush fire grows to 50 acres in Riverside County

Brush fire had burned about 50 acres in Riverside County

A brush fire in Riverside County quickly spread to about 50 acres Thursday evening and was burning near a residential development.

About 150 firefighters were trying to stop the progress of the flames burning across heavy brush near the south end of the Jurupa Valley regional park, northwest of the Riverside Airport, fire officials said.

Crews on the ground were being assisted a by a water-dropping helicopter, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

Power lines were down in the area, but it was not clear whether downed lines sparked the blaze, which broke out about 4:30 p.m. The blaze, initially reported to be about 10 acres, spread quickly across the brush. 

Television footage showed flames burning in the darkness and consuming palm trees. A thick plume of smoke rose from the scene. 

The blaze broke out as a Santa Ana wind condition warmed up Southern California. Temperatures in Riverside County were in the low 80s Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Here are some images of the fire aggregated from social media:

 

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Photo: Flames burning in Riverside County. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

Firefighters battle brush fire in Riverside County

Firefighters in Riverside County were battling a brush fire Thursday afternoon that had scorched about 10 acres of heavy brush, officials said.

About 80 firefighters, aided by a water-dropping helicopter, were fighting the blaze that was burning near Rio Road and Calle Hermosa on the south end of Rancho Jurupa Park, fire officials said.

Power lines were down in the area, the Riverside County Fire Department said. The blaze was reported about 4:30 p.m.

The flames did not appear to be threatening structures, the agency said. No other details were immediately available.

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Hollywood Hills brush fire that threatened homes is extinguished

Los Angeles firefighters put out a brush fire that for a time threatened homes Thursday along the Cahuenga Pass.

The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. near Universal City off the 101 Freeway. Firefighters declared it knocked down just before 4 p.m. No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.

The flames came close to some homes, but firefighters extinguished them quickly.

The cause of the fire was unknown. The incident slowed traffic on the 101 Freeway.

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Brush fire burning near Hollywood Hills homes

A brush fire is threatening homes along the Cahuenga Pass.

The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. Thursday near Universal City off the 101 Freeway.

TV footage showed firefighters battling the fire, which was burning near some hillside homes. They were being aided by a lack of strong winds.

Here are some images of the fire aggregated from social media:

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Brush fire fanned by gusty winds burns 400 acres by Lone Pine

Location where brush fire had burned 400 acres near Lone Pine
A brush fire fanned by gusty winds scorched 400 acres in Inyo County but firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand in stopping the blaze, officials said Wednesday night.

The blaze, called the River fire, broke out Wednesday morning and spread across thick brush near Narrow Gauge Road and California 136 east of Lone Pine, fire officials said.

Nearly 200 firefighters were battling the fire, which was 85% contained Wednesday evening, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The fire was burning as a Santa Ana wind condition helped cause warm weather across Southern California, the National Weather Service said. The weather was expected to stay warm through Saturday.

The agency said that northeast wind gusts up to 35 mph were expected in mountain canyons and passes.

“Gusty winds and thick bush are posing a challenge toward containment for firefighters,” fire officials said in a statement. Full containment was expected Thursday.

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Map shows location of the fire. Credit: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

House fire in Hawthorne kills one person, injures another

One person was killed and another hospitalized after a house fire Tuesday morning in Hawthorne, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to the 3500 block of West 135th Street just before 6:15 a.m. and discovered smoke and flames coming from a bedroom, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

One person was pronounced dead at the home, the department said, and another person was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. Four dogs were also found dead at the scene.

Crews remained on the scene at mid-morning. An arson team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was sent to investigate the origins of the blaze. No information about a possible cause was immediately available.

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