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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

CA-RRU - Riverbottom Wildland Fire 100 acres 40% 2 Firefighter injuries

Two firefighters have been injured during the battle against a 100-acre blaze in the Santa Ana River bottom in Riverside.

The fire, which started just before 1 p.m.  is now 40 percent contained.
Location: City of Riverside Grand Avenue X Rubidoux Avenue near near Grassy Trail Drive and Deerfield Road,
Evacuations: Two small neighborhoods — comprising 12 adults and five dogs — were under mandatory evacuation orders, and two others, about 100 homes, were urged to evacuate, but that order was voluntary, Wesche said.
 Injuries: One of the injured firefighters complained of chest pains and was taken to a hospital for observation, he said. A second firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and was treated at the scene.
No civilians have been hurt in the blaze.
 Damages: 1 structure that was damaged was an outbuilding.
Cause: Under investigation

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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