Fairview Fire

As you know, the Fairview Fire is moving quickly near Hemet and the surrounding unincorporated communities, having reached 7,091 acres and spreading.

CALFIRE’s latest update indicates that the fire is 5% contained and 7 structures have been destroyed, with many more damaged. Unfortunately it has claimed the lives of 2 civilians fleeing their home. Another civilian has suffered severe burns and is receiving medical care.  

The fire began shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday near Fairview Avenue and Bautista Road and is spreading rapidly due to dry vegetation, extreme heat in the triple digits, and winds blowing about 15-20 mph.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

I have spoken with CALFIRE and team members on site. Our firefighters and first responders have been working tirelessly in these extreme conditions to get this fire under control using both air and on the ground resources to protect our communities.

As a former firefighter, I know all too well that sometimes conditions can overrun capabilities. County, state, and federal firefighters, along with crews from many of our local agencies, including Murrieta Fire and Rescue and the Hemet Fire Department, are on site. A unified command with U.S. Forest Service personnel has also been established.

Additionally, a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been secured by the State, which will enable local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs to help ensure the availability of vital resources.

Evacuation orders remain in place for:

  • South of Stetson Avenue
  • North of Cactus Valley
  • West of Fairview Avenue
  • East of State Street
  • Thomas Mountain Ridge South to Cactus Valley to Bautista Cyn to forest boundary
  • South of Hwy 74 to Thomas Mtn. W of Mountain Center N of Cactus Vly. Anza N of Hwy 371 to Forestry Boundary
     

And there are evacuation warnings issued for:

  • South of Cactus Valley Rd
  • East of Sage Rd
  • North of Red Mountain Rd.
  • West of Bautista Canyon in Sage


EVACUATION AREA MAP

An Evacuation Center has been established at:

Tahquitz High School
4425 Tital Trail
Hemet, CA 92545

Evacuees can bring their small animals.

The Riverside County Department of Animal Services has also been assisting with lost and larger pets and livestock.

The Hemet Sheriff’s Station would like to remind members of the community to please stay clear of the area for safety. Many people have been attempting to photograph and film the fire, and this restricts access for emergency vehicles and personnel.

Many local roads have also been closed to traffic, so please follow all posted signs and detours. The Riverside County Transportation Department lists the following corridors as closed to southbound traffic in East Hemet: Stanford Street, Dartmouth Street, Cornell Street, Aurora Drive, Columbia Street, Yale Street, Girard Street, San Jacinto Street, Santa Fe Street, Meridian Street, Hemet Street, Lake Street, and Fairview Avenue.

All Hemet Unified School District campuses remain closed, and the district is evaluating the situation on a daily basis.  

Eastern Municipal Water District is advising affected residents of East Hemet and the surrounding areas to boil their tap water before use.

The air quality is also unhealthy, especially for sensitive groups, so please try to stay indoors and keep your windows closed.

A Fairview Fire Community Meeting will be held tonight, September 7th, at 6:00pm at Garner Valley Fire Station #53 (59200 Morris Ranch Rd, Mountain Center, CA 92561).

You can get the latest updates on the Fairview Fire HERE.

And you can follow @CALFIRERRU on Facebook and Twitter

I will continue to post CALFIRE and community updates on my social media accounts (links are below).

Stay safe and our thoughts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and homes.