Riverside Fire Department
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Vegetation Fire

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Incident Name: Riverbottom Incident

Date Reported: 10-28-2020

Time Reported: 13:35

Incident Location: 5253 Tequesquite

Ward #: Ward 1, Councilmember Edwards

Type of Incident: Vegetation Fire

Incident Number: 20-031531

Control Time:

Fatalities: 0

Critical: 0

Moderate: 0

Minor: 0

Non Injury: No injuries

Displaced Persons: 0




  • Cause under investigation
  • Evacuations: No

    Evacuation Comments: N/A

    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 3

    Engine Companies: 25

    Truck Companies: 0

    Squad(s): 0

    Ambulance(s): 0

    Firefighter(s): 200

    Safety Officer(s): 1

    Public Information Officer(s): 1

    Fire Investigator(s): 0

    Overhead Personnel: 7

    Mutial Aid:

  • Mutual Aid Received
  • Specialized Equipment:

    EOC: 2

    Utilities: yes

    Red Cross: no

    Percent (%) Contained or Completed: 80%

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

    Incident Size Acreage: 10.5

    Current Situation

    (Recent updates are posted at the top of the Current Situation)

    The City of Riverside Fire Department responded to a report of a vegetation fire near the solar farm at Rubidoux Trail, and the Santa Ana River bike path. The first due engine company reported approximately ¼ acre of grass and vegetation on fire to the south of the solar farm. Riverside firefighters began to establish a hose lay to contain the fire, but erratic winds pushed the fire to the east where it burned into heavier fuels. Additional resources were requested to fight the fire, including 5 engines from San Bernardino County Fire as well as helicopters and hand crews from Cal Fire as part of a mutual threat response on the border of The City of Riverside, and the City of Jurupa Valley. The fire threatened a homeless encampment in the river bottom with several homeless subjects fleeing the area as the fire approached. Forward progress was stopped at 10.5 acres. One firefighter sustained a minor injury when he hyperextended his knee. Riverside Firefighters will be mopping up the fire through the night and should have the blaze completely contained by noon on October 30th

    Assisting Aid Agencies

    Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Jeff DeLaurie

    Prepared By: BC Jeff DeLaurie

    Date / Time Posted: 10-28-2020 at 2335 Hours

    Information Center: 951.826.5321