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The 110-acre Jurupa Valley vegetation is 40% contained fire; Withdrawal alert removed

On Sunday morning, a 110-acre vegetation fire in the bottom of the Santa Ana River in the Jurupa Valley was brought under control by 40%, and evacuation warnings were lifted for nearby homes.

The Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department tweeted shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday, “Firefighters made good progress overnight, working to build Line of Control.”

Containment is a perimeter, natural or created by fire crews, beyond which a fire is not expected to spread.

A Vegetation Fire That Started In The Bottom Of The Santa Ana River In The Jurupa Valley Was Threatening Nearby Homes On Saturday Evening, June 25.  (Photo By Rmg News)
A vegetation fire that started in the bottom of the Santa Ana River in the Jurupa Valley was threatening nearby homes on Saturday evening, June 25. (Photo by RMG News)

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday, the crew was called to Indian Camp Road and Candle Light Drive near Juropa Hills Country Club. Union fires – initially called candle fires – were first reported on 40 acres.

By 7:45 pm, the further spread of the fire had been stopped and it was measured in 110 acres, but there was no control. Mandatory evacuation was downgraded to a warning.

Crew attacked the fire on the ground and from the air. An evening update from Cal Fire/Riverside said 28 engine companies, including 210 firefighters, were assigned and assisted by two air tankers and a helicopter. News footage from the scene showed employees trying to protect nearby homes.

Fire Zone 60 is south of the freeway, north of 91, and east of 15. Residents south of Limonite Avenue, north of Riverview Drive, east of Avenue Juan Diaz and west of Maverick Lane were in the first warning zone.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Adams, temperatures in the area were in the 90s Saturday evening with winds of at least 10 to 15 mph and gusts of 25 mph. There was humidity in the middle to upper teens.

Adams said the heat is expected to reach highs of 102 to 105 over the next few days. Strong winds will blow from afternoon till late evening.

The cause of the fire in the union is being investigated.

On Friday, Cal Fire/Riverside said its investigators were looking into the cause of the Palomino fire on June 17 near the intersection of Limonite Avenue and El Palomino Drive.

“Cal Fire Peace Officers have determined the Palomino fire to be human-caused and originated from one of several homeless camps that are illegally set up in the riparian area,” the agency said in a statement. However, investigators are working with limited information.”

Anyone with information can call the Riverside County Fire Department arson hotline at (800) 633-2836.

Cal Fire/Riverside said a separate 25-acre fire was doused in the Lake Paris State Recreation Area on Saturday afternoon. The cause of that fire was not immediately known.

Staff writer Caitlin Antonios contributed to this report.

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