Lake Riverside Estates homeowners saw flames and clouds of gray smoke erupting from a vacant lot off Tumbleweed Drive in the gated community Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Dubbed the Tumble Fire by Cal Fire, the blaze grew quickly. Neighbors went into action before firefighting resources were arrived, manning the hoses, shovels and pickaxes against the brushfire.
As engines arrived, Air Attack came on scene, with two tankers and the Super Huey 301 helicopter deployed. Fire officials determined the air vehicles were not needed and recalled them back to Hemet Ryan Airport.
The fire’s forward spread in the tinder-dry weeds was halted after about 1-2 acres burned.
“A huge thank you to all the neighbors who helped tirelessly to extinguish the fire,” Adi Nahsohn, who lives nearby, said. “We are truly blessed to have neighbors and wonderful firefighters that we can count on to be our heroes in times of need. I was home alone with three kids and this fire to contend with.”
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
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