JURUPA VALLEY: Fast Moving Brush Fire

On Wednesday morning, October 30, 2019, at 9:58am, Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire responded to reports of a wildland fire near the intersection of Granite Hill Drive and Pyrite Street. The first arriving engine company reported the fire at 1-2 acres in light flashy fuels with a rapid rate of spread, burning midslope with 20 mph winds. Mutual aid from surrounding agencies as well as aircraft was immediately requested. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Santiago Estates Mobile Home Park in the 3700 block of Quartz Canyon Road, Bravo Estates Mobile Home Park in the 4000 block of Pedley Road and any structures along Granite Hill Road between Pyrite and Country Village. Highway 60 was closed in both directions intermittently as the fire jumped the 60 Freeway and burned along Ben Nevis Blvd. at Kenneth Street. By 12:00pm the fire has grown to 100 acres and was 0% contained. One civilian was transported to an area hospital for an unknown injury and two homes were damaged. At 4:15pm the forward rate of spread was stopped and by 6:00pm the fire was 250 acres and 15% contained and  all evacuations orders were still in place. The cause the fire remains under investigation.