27,319 Acres, 5% Contained – NBC Los Angeles

27,319 Acres, 5% Contained – NBC Los Angeles

Firefighters are still battling the massive Fairview Fire in Riverside County, which continues to burn thousands of acres near Hemet and is now moving rapidly toward Temecula.

As of Friday afternoon, the largest wildfire of the year was contained 27,463 acres and still only 5% are contained.

A flood watch and gale warning have been put in place for the hot spot as Tropical Storm Kay is moving over the coast of Baja California and around Southern California.

The massive fire first broke out after 3:30 p.m. on Monday, and in less than 24 hours it was extinguished. at least two people who were trying to escape the fire. By Wednesday morning, it had burned about 5,000 acres, and by Wednesday night, it had exploded to more than 18,000 acres, with firefighters containing 5% of the blaze.

The official cause of the fire is not yet known, but Southern California Edison said Wednesday that it is investigating circuit operations when the fire started.


The Riverside Fire Department along with CAL Fire have issued an evacuation order in several areas. Below is where evacuation orders were placed as of 7pm on Thursday, with no updates as of 6am on Friday.

Click here to see an updated list of evacuation orders and warnings.

  • South Thornton Road,
  • North of Polly Butte Road,
  • West of Fairview,
  • East of State Street,
  • South of Thornton Avenue,
  • North of Polly Butte Road,
  • West of Fairview Road,
  • East of State Street,
  • East of State Street,
  • West of Fairview,
  • South of Stetson Road,
  • North of McSweeny Parkway.
  • East of State Street,
  • West of Fairview Road,
  • South of Stetson Road,
  • North of McSweeny Parkway.
  • South of McSweeney Road to North of Cactus Valley, to the end of that road,
  • East of State Street,
  • South of Stetson Ave.
  • North of Cactus Valley Road,
  • West of Fairview Road, Bautista Canyon Road,
  • South of Stetson,
  • North of Two Fork Trailhead, Bautista Canyon Road,
  • South of Stetson,
  • North of the second part of the Two Way Road
  • Thomas Mountain Ridge South to Cactus Valley to Bautista to Forest Border,
  • South of Cactus Valley Road,
  • North of Minto Pass,
  • North of Red Mountain Road,
  • West of the US Forest Service Boundary and East of Sage Road,
  • East Red Mountain Road and Cahuilla Mountain to USFS,
  • Minto South,
  • South Red Mountain Road,
  • West Stanley Road,
  • North Stanley Road,
  • West of Wilson Way,
  • South of Highway 74,
  • East of Fairview Avenue,
  • North of Stetson Road,
  • South of Minto Pass,
  • South of Red Mountain Road,
  • West of Stanley Road,
  • North of Stanley Road,
  • East of Sage Road
  • South of Diamond Valley Lake,
  • East of Washington Street
  • North of Borel Road,
  • East of Rancho California Road
  • East of Anza Road
  • North Temecula Parkway (Highway 79)
  • Northwest of Highway 371,
  • West of Springbrook Road.

An evacuation center has been set up at Tahquitz High School in Hemet, located at 2245 Titan Trail.

Rescuers meeting at Tahquitz High School can bring their small animals with them. Animal services will help them with their small animals.

About the Fairview Fire

The Fairview fire was first reported around 3:37 pm Monday, as a brush fire on Fairview Ave. and Bautista Road.

Winds traveling in an unexpected direction for the time of year caused the fire to spread rapidly down Avery Canyon.

At least two people are dead while trying to get away from the Fairview fire. The family told NBCLA that father and daughter Ian Matthew Compton and Mikayla Porter, were the two victims of the fire as it moved rapidly through Avery Canyon.

A third person, Ian Compton’s wife according to family, is in hospital with serious injuries.

The two people who died in the Fairview fire in Hemet have been identified as a father and daughter. The mother was also seriously injured while trying to escape the fire.

At least seven structures have been destroyed, and a number of other structures have been destroyed. More information about the damaged and destroyed buildings is expected later on Tuesday.

By Tuesday morning the fire was up to 2,400 acres, and by Tuesday evening, it had doubled in size to 4,500 acres.

A boil water advisory was issued Tuesday morning by the Eastern Municipal Water District, for “residents of fire-affected areas in east Hemet.”

About 50 homes in the area including all of Polly Butte Road and the area east of 41477 Gibbel Road should “use only boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking as a safety precaution to avoid stomach or intestinal illness, ” until further notice. .

All schools in the Hemet Unified School District have been closed since Tuesday due to the fire.

Over the course of Wednesday, the fire quadrupled in size, from 5,000 acres in the morning to 18,657 acres in the evening.

On Thursday, the fire grew rapidly once again, increasing to an estimated 27,319 acres in total.

Southern California Edison is investigating how the fire may have started, and is reporting on their investigation.

“Our data indicates circular activity occurring around the reported time of the fire,” the statement read in part. “With safety as our number one priority, we continue to make strides in our wildfire response efforts.”

A week-long heat wave in Southern California has not helped the dry conditions in the state that contributed to the rapid growth of the fire.

Oil moisture levels are below historical averages in parts of Southern California, meaning plants are drying out faster this year. Dry vegetation is one important factor in the spread of wildfires.

The state came off one of the coldest winters on record, leaving the hills covered in dry brush.

California continues to face longer wildfire seasons as a direct result of climate change, according to CAL FIRE.