UPDATE: BEAUMONT: Hundreds of firefighters bring 6,300 acre “Manzanita” blaze under control

UPDATE Friday, June 30, 6 p.m.

HEMET — The “Manzanita Fire,” which began burning Monday, June 26 and continued burning for several days has finally been brought under control and firefighters have reported 100% containment on the stubborn fire that began after a vehicle lost control while being driven on SR-79 Lamb Canyon and careened off the roadway.

While hundreds of firefighters battled to bring the blaze under control, the blaze burned 6,309 acres.

There were no reported injuries related to the fire and no known structures were lost.

 

UPDATED Wednesday, June 28 7:00 p.m.

BEAUMONT — The “Manzanita Fire,” which began as a solo-vehicle traffic collision Monday, June 26, has now scorched 6,309 acres and continues burning.

Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire officials have said firefighters have now managed seventy-seven percent containment on the wild-fire, a huge improvement from earlier in the morning, when officials reported just after 6 a.m., that the fire was only twenty-six percent contained.

Earlier in the day, authorities announced they had lifted the evacuation warnings for Highland Home Road, east to Highway 243 and effected the communities of Poppet Flats, Silent Valley, Twin Pines and Mt. Edna.

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 27, 1:15 a.m.

BEAUMONT — Officials updated at 11:45 p.m., that firefighters had achieved ten percent containment on the “Manzanita Fire,” which has already scorched about 5,000 acres.

No structures are believed to have been damaged in the blaze. There have been no reported injuries related to the fire other than the two occupants of the car that crashed on SR-79 and started the fire.

“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.

Firefighters continue battling the blaze and officials have not been able to provide any estimate as to when firefighters might have the huge blaze under control.

Hundreds of firefighters from throughout the region have responded to assist with battling the wild-fire.

More than 30 engine companies as well as multiple truck companies, water tenders and brush rigs from multiple local agencies are assisting Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters.

Agencies assisting in battling the blaze include 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.

They are being assisted by at least three helicopters, eight air tankers, fifteen inmate fire crews, four water tenders, five bulldozers and a helitender, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer Jody Hagemann.

As of 3:30 a.m., more resources were reportedly headed to the location to assist with containing the blaze.

This is a developing story and additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

 

BEAUMONT — Nearly 400 firefighters are battling a fire that has scorched 1,200 acres and that officials say is currently 0% contained. The cause of the fire was determined to be a single-vehicle traffic collision that sent two people to the hospital, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department officials said.

As of 7 p.m., the wild-land fire is continuing to burn in Lamb Canyon, south of Beaumont and north of San Jacinto. Fire crews are on the ground and in the air struggling to get containment.

The fire was first reported to officials Monday June 26 at 3:10 p.m.

More than 30 engine companies, truck companies, brush rigs and more from multiple local agencies are assisting Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters.

Agencies assisting in battling the blaze include 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.

They are being assisted by at least three helicopters, eight air tankers, fifteen inmate fire crews, four water tenders, five bulldozers and a helitender, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer Jody Hagemann.

California Highway Patrol, Riverside County sheriff’s Department and Banning Police Department are assisting with road closures and traffic control.

Officials called for the indefinite closure of both directions of travel on Lamb Canyon (SR-79N) between Gilman Springs and the city of Beaumont.

The road closures are reportedly creating a traffic nightmare throughout the area.

By 6:30 p.m., voluntary evacuation warnings have been issued for Highland Home, Longhorn and Death Valley Roads, east to Highway 243, which includes the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley.

This is a developing story and additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

One Response to "UPDATE: BEAUMONT: Hundreds of firefighters bring 6,300 acre “Manzanita” blaze under control"

  1. Elleallio   June 27, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Does anyone know which direction the fire has been spreading in?

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