Brush fire in Jurupa Valley burns 110 acres; forward progress stopped

A scorching wind driven brush fire in Riverside County has prompted mandatory evacuations for some residents in Jurupa Valley Saturday afternoon.

The fire was first reported around 3:50 p.m. while burning in a river bed near the intersection of Indian Camp Road and Candle Light Drive.

Driven by high winds, the fire eventually spread beyond the riverbed as it threatened several homes in a residential area.

By 6:05 p.m. the Union Fire, as it was later named, had reached 95 acres and there was no containment.

Heavy smoke was reported throughout the area, including smoke drifting into the town of Riverside.

Riverside County fire officials said mandatory evacuation orders had been put in place near the area where the blaze was burning because several structures were considered at risk.

Residents living south of Limonite Avenue, north of Riverview Drive, east of Juan Diaz Avenue and west of Maverick Lane have been asked to vacate their homes immediately.

At 10 p.m. Saturday night, all evacuation orders were downgraded to warnings.

For a map of current evacuation information, click here.

Video from the scene showed large flames burning just meters from several homes in a residential area. Despite the close call, firefighters were able to protect all homes from any major damage.

Shelter has been set up at Patriot High School located at 4355 Camino Real in the Jurupa Valley for those who have been evacuated.

Around 8 p.m., Cal Fire officials announced that the fire’s progress had stopped, with the fire holding at 110 acres, although containment remained at 0%.

The Cal Fire/San Bernardino County Fire Department is the lead fire response agency, with assistance from several nearby fire departments.

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