27,319 acres, 5% included – NBC Los Angeles

Firefighters are still battling the massive Fairview Fire in Riverside County, which continues to scorch thousands of acres near Hemet and is now fast moving toward Temecula.

As of Friday morning, the wildfire totaled 27,319 acres and is still only 5% contained.

As Tropical Storm Kay moves up the coast of Baja California and closer to Southern California, the fire area is on a flood and storm warning.

The massive wildfire erupted just after 3:30 p.m. Monday, killing at least two people in less than 24 hours. By Wednesday morning it was burning about 5,000 acres and by Wednesday night it had blown to over 18,000 acres, with firefighters containing 5% of the blaze.

The official cause of the fire is still unknown, but Southern California Edison said Wednesday it was investigating the county’s activities around the time the fire broke out.


The Riverside Fire Department, along with CAL Fire, issued an evacuation order for a number of areas. Below is where there were evacuation orders as of 7pm Thursday, with no updates as of 6am Friday

Click here for an up-to-date list of evacuation orders and warnings.

  • South Thornton Avenue,
  • North of Polly Butte Road,
  • West of Fairview,
  • East of State Street,
  • South of Thornton Avenue,
  • North of Polly Butte Road,
  • West of Fairview Avenue,
  • East of State Street,
  • East of State Street,
  • West of Fairview,
  • South of Stetson Avenue,
  • North of McSweeny Parkway.
  • East of State Street,
  • West of Fairview Avenue,
  • South of Stetson Avenue,
  • North of McSweeny Parkway.
  • South of McSweeney Road to north of Cactus Valley to the end of that road,
  • East of State Street,
  • South of Stetson Avenue.
  • North of Cactus Valley Road,
  • West of Fairview Avenue, Bautista Canyon Road,
  • South of Stetson,
  • North of Two Streams Fork Trailhead, Bautista Canyon Road,
  • South of Stetson,
  • North of the Two Streams Fork trailhead
  • Thomas Mountain Ridge South to Cactus Valley to Bautista to Timber Line,
  • South of Cactus Valley Road,
  • North of the Minto Way,
  • North of Red Mountain Road,
  • West of the US Forest Service Boundary and east of Sage Road,
  • East Red Mountain Road and Cahuilla Mountain to USFS,
  • South Minto,
  • South Red Mountain Road,
  • west stanley street,
  • north stanley road,
  • West of Wilson Way,
  • South of Hwy 74,
  • East of Fairview Avenue,
  • North of Stetson Road,
  • South of the Minto Way,
  • South of Red Mountain Road,
  • West of Stanley Road,
  • North of Stanley Road,
  • East of Sage Road
  • South of Diamond Valley Lake,
  • East of Washington Street
  • North of Borel Road,
  • East of Rancho California Road
  • East of Anza Road
  • North of Temecula Parkway (Highway 79)
  • Northwest of Highway 371,
  • West of Springbrook Road.

An evacuation center has been established at Tahquitz High School in Hemet at 2245 Titan Trail.

Evacuees meeting at Tahquitz High School may bring their small animals. The animal service helps them with their small animals.

About the Fairview Fire

The Fairview fire was first reported Monday around 3:37 p.m. as a brush fire on Fairview Ave. and reported to Bautista Road.

Wind blowing in unexpected directions for the time of year caused the fire to spread quickly in Avery Canyon.

At least two people have died trying to exit the Fairview fire. The family told NBCLA that father and daughter Ian Matthew Compton and Mikayla Porter were the two people caught in the fire as it moved rapidly through Avery Canyon.

A third person, Ian Compton’s wife, according to the family, is in hospital with serious injuries.

The two people who died in the Fairview fire in Hemet have been identified as father and daughter. The mother was also seriously injured trying to avoid the fire.

At least seven buildings were destroyed and a number of other buildings were damaged. More information about these damaged and destroyed buildings is expected later Tuesday.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire had grown to 2,400 acres, and by Tuesday evening it had doubled to 4,500 acres.

A water boiling recommendation for “residents of fire-affected areas in East Hemet” was issued Tuesday morning by the Eastern Municipal Water District.

About 50 households in the area, including all of Polly Butte Road and the area east of Gibbel Road 41477, should “only use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking” until further notice to avoid stomach or intestinal illnesses .

All schools in the Hemet Unified School District have been closed since Tuesday because of the fire.

Over the course of Wednesday, the fire quadrupled in size from 5,000 acres in the early hours to 18,657 acres in the evening.

On Thursday, the fire grew rapidly again, growing to an estimated total area of ​​27,319 acres.

Southern California Edison investigates how the fire may have started and provides a statement on their investigation.

“Our information reflects circuit activity that occurred shortly before the reported time of the fire,” the statement said in part. “With safety being our number one priority, we continue to make progress in our efforts to contain wildfires.”

A brutal week-long heatwave in southern California hasn’t helped the state’s dry conditions, which have contributed to the wildfire’s rapid growth.

Fuel moisture levels in parts of Southern California are well below historical averages, meaning vegetation is drying out faster this year. Dry vegetation is a major factor in the spread of wildfires.

The state came out of one of its driest late winters on record, leaving hillsides covered in dry scrub.

According to CAL FIRE, California continues to face longer wildfire seasons as a direct result of climate change.

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