Debris, RVs catch fire in Menifee

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A fire was burning a debris pile and multiple RVs in Menifee Thursday afternoon. Valley News/Julie Reeder photo

A fire involving a debris pile and multiple RVs in Menifee was causing visible smoke in the area Thursday afternoon.

The fire was reported just after 1:10 p.m. in the 25000 block of Sherman Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department on Twitter.

A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy directs traffic near a fire in Menifee Thursday afternoon.

Four engines responded to the blaze, which torched about one acre of debris and involved an unspecified number of RVs.

“We arrived on scene and found a large commercial property being utilized as a junkyard for boats, RVs and such that were  on fire,” said Riverside County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark League. “Firefighters were faced with water supply
issues, making it difficult to contain the fire.”

None of the vehicles engulfed by the fire were occupied.

Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to surrounding vegetation, and by 4 p.m., the blaze was fully contained, though still smoldering.

“Due to the magnitude and complexity of the incident, the fire department’s hazardous materials team and the (county) Department of Environmental Health were requested (to assist with mopping up),” League said.

The blaze remained under investigation.

2:45 p.m. Thursday: This story was updated with additional information.

6 p.m. Thursday: This story was updated with quotes and further details from Riverside County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark League.

Firefighters respond to a fire that scorched a debris pile and multiple RVs in Menifee Thursday afternoon.