LAKE ELSINORE – A brush fire that erupted on the west end of Lake Elsinore, blackening just over 200 acres, was 95 percent contained this evening.
The non-injury “Rose” fire was reported at 2:20 p.m. Monday in the 14800 block of Amorose Street, near Grand Avenue, on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest.
According to the Riverside County Fire Department, crews made significant progress encircling the remnants of the brusher today, and expectations are the fire will be completely contained before daybreak Thursday.
Multiple engine crews and several hand crews, numbering more than 100 personnel, remain on the fire lines.
Properties along Amorose Street, Rockridge Road, Ainsworth Place and Toft Drive were threatened during the first hours of the blaze, prompting evacuation orders for residents on those streets, but all orders were lifted Monday night.
Sheriff’s deputies closed Grand between Audelo Street to the north and Plumas Street to the south to prevent traffic from getting in the way of first responders. All roads were reopened by Tuesday morning.
Investigators determined that the fire was caused accidentally by equipment, but authorities released no details. The fire might have been started by a homeowner trying to clear brush with a mower and running into rocks or other hard surfaces, triggering sparks which ignited vegetation, according to witnesses.
Along with Riverside County fire crews, personnel from the U.S. Forest Service and the Orange County Fire Authority were working to contain the blaze.
Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department firefighters battled a Lake Elsinore wildfire that charred 200 acres and threatened homes this week.
The blaze broke out just before 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, in the 14800 block of Amorose Street in the unincorporated area of the city, according to an incident report published by department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.
“The fire is burning in medium fuels at a rapid rate,” Hagemann wrote in the report.
As of press time, the fire, which was accidental, in nature had burned 200 acres and was at 50 percent containment.
During the height of the battle mandatory evacuations were in place for Amorose Street, Rockridge Road, Toft Drive and Ainsworth Place. Evacuation warnings for El Cariso Campground, Los Pinos Campground and North Main Divide were also issued and Grand Avenue was closed between Machado Street and Amorose Street.
All evacuations were lifted by Tuesday morning and roads reopened.
According to the incident report, at the height of the fire 205 firefighters from 30 engine companies were fighting the blaze. Six air tankers, three helicopters a helitender, one water tender, three bulldozers and five crews were assisting in the battle.