***FINAL CAL FIRE UPDATE FRIDAY 1/15/2021 6:00 P.M. The Bonita Fire is 715 acres and is now 20% contained. All Evacuation ORDERS and road closures are lifted. Please use caution when driving in the fire area and yield to personnel and equipment so they may safely continue work to fully contain and control the fire.
ALSO EFFECTIVE FRIDAY 1/15/2021 AT 6:00 P.M. - CAL FIRE/RIVERSIDE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL TRANSFER COMMAND OF THIS INCIDENT TO THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE . RESIDENTS AND MEDIA, PLEASE CALL 909-383-5688 FOR QUESTIONS AND FUTURE UPDATES FOR THE DURATION OF THE INCIDENT. ***
UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. - The Evacuation Order has been lifted for all residents West of Highways 74 and 243. An Evacuation Order remains in place for residents East of Highways 74 and 243 from Keenwild Fire Station to the north and Keen Camp Rd. to the south. Please use caution returning to the area as fire crews continue to work.
UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m. - All road closures in the area of the Bonita Fire have been lifted, with the exception of Highway 74 from Mountain Center to Lake Hemet. This area will be reduced to one lane with law enforcement escorts.
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department is in Unified Command with Riverside County Sheriff's Office and San Bernardino National Forest.
UPDATE 6:35 a.m. - The fire remains 600 acres and is now 5% contained.
UPDATE 5:45 a.m. - The fire is 600 acres and 0% contained.
An Evacuation Center has been established at the Banning Community center (789 N. San Gorgonio Avenue, Banning).
Large Animal Evacuations: San Jacinto Animal Campus (581 S. Grand Avenue, San Jacinto).
Road Closures (LIFTED @ 12:30 p.m. on 1/15/21):
Highway 74 at Morris Ranch Rd.
Highway 74 at Strawberry Creek
Highway 243 at Saunders Meadow
CHP Traffic Page
UPDATE 3:35 a.m. - The fire is 250 acres and 0% contained.
UPDATE 3:20 a.m. - The fire is 200 acres and 0% contained. An Evacuation ORDER has been issued for the residents of Mountain Center. Please use Highway 243 towards Banning and Highway 74 towards Palm Desert to leave the area.
for the Riverside County Emergency Management page with evacuation information.
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters responded to reports of a wildland fire at the 28000blk of Bonita Vista Road in Mountain Center. The first arriving engine company reported 15 acres of heavy vegetation and pine trees involved. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.