Fires in Hemet stopped before reaching homes


HEMET (CNS) – A brush fire that split into two separate blazes today on the west end of Hemet scorched roughly five acres and threatened homes before crews gained the upper hand.

The main blaze was reported about 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Devonshire Avenue and Warren Road, just inside the city limits, according to the Hemet Fire Department.

Multiple engine crews from the city, as well as the Riverside County Fire Department and Soboba Indian Reservation, were sent to the location and encountered flames spreading quickly through a field on the north side of Devonshire, while a slightly smaller fire that broke off from the primary blaze burned on the south side of the two-lane corridor.

Hemet police officers shut down Warren Road between Devonshire and Florida Avenue for public safety.

Properties ringing Parkside Drive were in the path of the northern brusher, and firefighters immediately established a defensive perimeter, preventing flames from reaching the homes, according to reports from the scene.

With the aid of a Cal Fire water-dropping helicopter, the forward rates of spread on both blazes were stopped about 2:15 p.m., and a half-hour later, they were more than 50% contained.

The south brusher was bounded by roads and did not threaten any structures.

A potential ignition source was not immediately identified.