Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Car crash ignites 5000-acre brush fire in California

A helicopter drops its water load to stop the advance of the Manzanita fire which has burned some 6,300 acres of rugged terrain and knocked down power poles off Highland Springs Avenue south of Beaumont Car crash ignites 5000-acre brush fire in California
Alfredo Watts | 28 June, 2017, 03:53

Two people were hospitalized due to the crash for unknown injuries.

A CalFire agency spokeswoman said a two-car wreck with a post-crash eruption triggered the wildfire, which was closing in on the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley, as well as other lightly populated areas between Highland Home Road and state Route 243 in the Banning Pass. Although crews made significant progress, Cal Fire Capt. Chris Kemp said they will have to battle the heat, wind and low humidity while trying to increase containment lines.

Voluntary evacuations have been issued for Longhorn Road, Death Valley Road and Shirleon Road.

The fire was zero percent contained as of 6 10 p.m., according to the fire department. "But it is a unsafe, critical fire", he added. According to Riverside County Fire department, as of June 26 at 3:30 p.m., approximately 30 acres burned on the west side of Highway 79 and 50 acres burned on the east side of Highway 79. Cities of Corona, Riverside, Palm Springs, and Hemet Fire Departments; City of Murrieta and Idyllwild Fire Protection Districts, March Reserve Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department and the Riverside County Emergency Management Department were helping the fire department, according to Valley News.

"Highway 79 southbound lanes are re-opened and northbound is limited to one lane", Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer Jody Hagemann wrote in an updated incident report. The sheriff's department described the mistake as a glitch.