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Tequesquite Incident

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Incident Name: Tequesquite Incident

Date Reported: 9/29/2020

Time Reported: 1005 Hours

Incident Location: 5000 Tequesquite, Riverside, CA 92501

Ward #: Ward 1 Edwards

Type of Incident: Vegetation Fire

Incident Number: RIV #20-028314

Control Time: 9/29/2020 at 1630 Hours




Minor: 1

Non Injury: 1

Displaced Persons:




  • Cause undetermined after investigation
  • Evacuations:

    Evacuation Comments:

    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 5

    Engine Companies: 11

    Truck Companies:


    Ambulance(s): 1

    Firefighter(s): 41

    Safety Officer(s): 1

    Public Information Officer(s): 1

    Fire Investigator(s):

    Overhead Personnel: 5

    Mutial Aid:

    Specialized Equipment:



    Red Cross:

    Percent (%) Contained or Completed: 100

    Total (%) of Perimeter that will be Contained: 100

    Incident Size Acreage: 2

    Current Situation

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    On Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 10:05 a.m., The City of Riverside Fire Department dispatched a first alarm vegetation fire assignment to the 5000 Block of Tequesquite for reports of a vegetation fire in the Santa Ana River Bottom. Riverside Dispatch advised of several calls received. Firefighters arrived to find a one-acre fire in the Santa Ana River Bottom adjacent to the SOLAR Farm and Tequesquite Arroyo drainage. Due to the remote location, Red Flag conditions a second and third alarm were assigned to the incident. The fire was located off the bike path on a dirt road with difficult access. The fire was contained at two acres in heavy fuels. The cause of the fire was undetermined after investigation but originated in a homeless encampment. The fire was brought under control at 13:30 p.m. The last apparatus to clear was at 4:30 p.m. There were two firefighter injuries on the incident with one firefighter transported to a local area hospital in minor condition. A total of 41 firefighters and 10 overhead personnel responded to the incident.

    Assisting Aid Agencies

    Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 9/29/2020 2100

    Information Center: 951-237-6310