Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Car crash ignites 5000-acre brush fire in California

Car crash ignites 5000-acre brush fire in California

A wildfire broke out in Lambs Canyon (Highway 79 N) near Dump Road, south of Beaumont on June 26 at 3:10 a.m. Two people in the vehicle were hospitalized with unknown injuries.

An evacuation warning was issued as of 6:30 p.m. for Highland Home Road east to Highway 243, which includes the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley, according to Cal Fire Riverside.

A fast-moving brush fire burning south Beaumont has grown from 1,200 acres Monday to about 5,000 acres as of Tuesday morning.

Voluntary evacuations for the following roads, Highlands Home Road, Longhorn Road, Death Valley Road and Shirleon Drive.

Nation's Largest Doctors' Group Slams Republican Health Care Bill
As Trump was whipping votes, a pro-Trump group went after Republican Nevada Senator Dean Heller, who came out against the bill . The Senate bill also assumes that after 2025, medical bills will grow more slowly than they have historically.

The blaze was reported about 3 p.m. Monday after a vehicle crash near Lamb Canyon ignited brush. The winds, combined with high heat and low humidity, have greatly elevated fire conditions along the the hillsides leading into the San Gorgonio Pass, experts say.

The fire, which authorities referred to as a Manzanita Fire, shut down Highway 79 for most of the evening and prompted evacuation warnings for residents on multiple roads. Eight air tankers and three water-dropping helicopters were being used in the firefight.

The alerts were sent out as a direct result of the Manzanita Fire now burning in Riverside County.

Meanwhile, Riverside County sheriff's officials reportedly said they "accidentally" sent out evacuation alerts in the areas, including Norco, Corona, and Jurupa Valley, where there was no fire.

Like this: