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Riverside County Fire Department in cooperation with CAL FIRE

Incident Name: Sandalwood (CONTAINED) Type of Incident: Wildland Fire
Incident Address: Calimesa Boulevard X Sandalwood Drive Incident Number: CA-RRU-130233
Community: Calimesa Date Reported: 10/10/2019
Time Reported: 1:58 PM
Fatalities: 2  Major: 0  Moderate: 0  Minor: 0  Non Injury: 0
Transported Ground Ambulances: 0 Est. Containment Time:
Air Ambulance: 0 Est. Control Time:
Loss: $0.00
Saved: $0.00 Evacuations: No
Cause: CAL FIRE Peace Officers determined the cause of the Sandalwood fire to be a trash truck that dumped a load of burning trash that spread into vegetation. Evacuation Comments: UPDATE 9:00 A.M. 10/14/2019: ****as of 8 a.m., October 14, all evacuation orders have been lifted resulting from the Sandalwood Fire. However, the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park remains uninhabitable and closed due to unsafe conditions. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE CITY OF CALIMESA EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AT (909) 795-2287.***** UPDATE: As of 1 p.m. October 12th, evacuations have been lifted for THE AREA NORTH OF the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park only. The EVACUATION ORDER REMAINS for the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park. Residents must use County Line Rd to return home. There is currently a road closure on 7th Street between Villa Calimesa Rd and Sandalwood Dr. This area is closed. Gas service is currently interrupted for the South Mesa Mobile Home Park. For questions regarding gas restoration, please call 800-427-2200. Please be patient while SoCal Gas quickly and safely reaches each home. If you smell gas, call 9-1-1. Residents are urged to use caution returning home as For more information, contact (951) 940-6985 or go to http://rvcfire.org. Evacuation Center: Mesa Grande Academy, 975 Fremont Street, Calimesa, CA.

Current Situation

(Recent updates are posted at the top of the Current Situation)
FINAL UPDATE 10/14/2019 5:15 p.m.: The Sandalwood Fire is now 100% contained. Final size, 1,011 acres.
****UPDATE 9:00 A.M. 10/14/2019: ****as of 8 a.m., October 14, 2019 all evacuation orders have been lifted resulting from the Sandalwood Fire. However, the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park remains uninhabitable and closed due to unsafe conditions. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE CITY OF CALIMESA EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AT (909) 795-2287.*****
Morning Update 10/14/19 @ 6:20 a.m. - The fire is 1,011 acres and 94% contained. Firefighters will continue to improve, reinforce and secure control lines around the fire. Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park still remains under an evacuation order.
 
Evening Update 10/13/19 @ 6:30 p.m. - The fire remains at 1,011 acres and is now 86% contained. Unless significant incident activity occurs, the next update will be tomorrow morning.
 
Morning Update 10/13/19 @ 7:00 A.M. - The fire remains at 1,011 acres and is 77% contained.
 
Evening Update 10/12/2019 @ 6:45 P.M. - The fire is now 1,011 acres and is 68% contained. Fire resources continue to overhaul the fire as well as make suppression repairs. The EVACUATION ORDER REMAINS for the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park. This is the final update for the evening unless significant activity dictates otherwise.
 
UPDATE 10/12/2019 at 1:00 P.M. - As of 1 p.m. October 12th, evacuations have been lifted for THE AREA NORTH OF the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park only.
The EVACUATION ORDER REMAINS for the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park.
Residents must use County Line Rd to return home. There is currently a road closure on 7th Street between Villa Calimesa Rd and Sandalwood Dr. This area is closed.
Gas service is currently interrupted for the South Mesa Mobile Home Park. For questions regarding gas restoration, please call 800-427-2200. Please be patient while SoCal Gas quickly and safely reaches each home. If you smell gas, call 9-1-1.
Residents are urged to use caution returning home as For more information, contact (951) 940-6985 or go to http://rvcfire.org.
 
UPDATE 10/12/2019 at 6:15 A.M. - The fire remains at 823 acres and is now 25% contained.
 
UPDATE 10/11/2019 5:30 P.M.: Fire remains 823 acres and 10% contained. All evacuation orders and road closures will remain in place. Reunification for residents and their pets can be done by contacting the Beaumont Police Department at (951) 769-8500 by leaving your name, address, phone number and a description of your pet(s). Your call will be returned. Some of the animals have been taken to the Ramona Animal Shelter. They can also be contacted during normal business hours Saturday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at (951) 654-8002. This is the final update for the evening unless significant activity dictates otherwise.
 
Morning Update 10/11/2019 7:15 A.M.: The Sandalwood Fire is now 823 acres and 10% contained. CAL FIRE/RCOFD in Unified Command with CAL FIRE/San Bernardino and the Cities of Calimesa and Yucaipa. Evacuations remain in place for affected areas. Resources remain on scene as they work to fully contain/control the fire.
 
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire is in unified command with CAL FIRE San Bernardino-City of Yucaipa, City of Calimesa and Riverside County Sheriff Department. Unless any significant incident activity occurs, the next update will be tomorrow morning following morning briefing after 8:00 a.m.
 
To search if you live in the evacuation area please visit: https://arcg.is/q55mH
 
UPDATE 8:00 P.M. - The fire remains at 500 acres and is 10% contained. A total of 74 structures have been destroyed, five received moderate damage, and eleven with minor damage.
 
UPDATE 7:10 P.M.: The Calimesa Senior Center care and reception site will close at 7:30 P.M. this evening. A shelter has been opened at 7:30 P.M. at: Mesa Grande Academy, 975 Fremont Street, Calimesa, CA. Transportation will be provided to current evacuees from the Calimesa Senior Center to Mesa Grande Academy by the City of Calimesa.
UPDATE 5:25 PM 10/10/2019: Large and small animals may be taken to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, located at 581 S. Grand Avenue, in San Jacinto. If residents are unable to get to their pets and need help to evacuate pets, please call (951) 358-7387.
 
UPDATE 3:50 P.M. 10/10/2019: The fire is now approximately 500 acres and 0% contained. Multiple structures destroyed and numerous medical emergencies (no further information) inside the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park. Threat to railway and power grid. CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department is in Unified Command with the Calimesa and Redlands Fire Departments.
 
Update 3:30 PM 10/10/2019:
MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS FOR: South of 7th Street, east of County Line Road.
Hard road closure in place: 7th Street at Sandalwood and 7th Street at County Line Road.
The Riverside County Emergency Management Department has opened a care and reception center at the Calimesa Senior Center, located at 908 Park Avenue in Calimesa.
 
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters are on scene of a wildland fire near Calimesa Boulevard and Sandalwood Drive. The fire is currently 150 acres burning at a rapid rate with numerous structures destroyed, unknown number of exactly how many at this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Resources Assigned

Firefighters: 247 Helicopters: 1 Utilities: Yes
Law Enforcement: Yes Engine Companies: 17 Air Tankers: 2
Air Attack: No Truck Companies: 0 Fire Crews: 10
EMD: Yes Overhead Personnel: 10 Water Tenders: 1
American Red Cross: Yes Fire Investigator: Yes Bulldozers: 0
Public Information Officer: Yes Displaced Persons: No RVC Medics: 0
Ambulance Air: 0  Ground: 0
Specialized Equipment: None,

Cooperating Agencies

American Medical Response, CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Bernardino, City of Calimesa, Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Fire Emergency Management Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, San Bernardino County Fire Department, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Calimesa Fire Department, City of Redlands,
Prepared By: Jody Hagemann Information Center: (951) 940-6985
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