Fairview Fire

A deadly fire broke out September 5th at 4 pm. The cause of the fire, believed to have started in the afternoon, is under investigation, California Fire Department said.

In less than 24 hours the fire killed at least two people who were trying to escape the flames. By Wednesday morning, it had burned about 5,000 acres, and by Wednesday night, it had exploded to over 18,000 acres, with fire crews containing 5% of the fire. 

September 9th, Friday afternoon, more than 27,000 acres have been burned and nearly, 2000 homes have been evacuated. More than 2,100 crew members are working the fire, as well as 16 helicopters and numerous air tankers from across the state, but officials say the winds, rain and threat of lightning could soon ground air operations.

Tropical Storm Kay brought a good amount of rain overnight to the Southland, firefighters battling the Fairview Fire finally got some relief. The fire has burned 28,307 acres in Hemet so far, California Fire Riverside County Fire Department reports that the fire is currently 43% contained, signaling some advancement. California Fire reports that 17 structures have been destroyed by the fire so far.

What to do after a wildfire:

  • It is crucial to check with fire officials before attempting to return back to your home. 
  • Always use caution when re-entering a burned area – fare-ups can occur. 
  • Check grounds for hot spots, smoldering stumps and vegetation. 
  • Check the roof and exterior areas for sparks and embers. 
  • Check your attic and throughout the house for hidden burning sparks and embers and continue to check for problem areas for the next several days and if burning outside your home was extensive, watch for soil erosion. 
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