Rapidly spreading wildfire destroys mobile homes in Calimesa, California

The largest of the three fires is the
Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa, which is approximately 500 acres with 0% contained, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Located at the intersection of Calimesa Boulevard and Sandalwood Drive, the fire is greatly affecting the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park.
Capt. Fernando Herrera of Cal Fire Riverside told CNN affiliate
KABC that the fire started when the load on a garbage truck caught on fire and spread to vegetation. It now has the potential to spread to 1500 acres.

“Due to the Santa Ana wind influx, obviously this fire just completely went out of control. It started just eating up vegetation as fast as the eye can see,” he said.

The fire has burned multiple buildings in the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park.The fire has burned multiple buildings in the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park.

The fire department reports “multiple structures destroyed and numerous medical emergencies.” Herrara said no one was injured, but could not provide further details. Residents are under mandatory evacuation orders, and 120 firefighters are currently assigned to the area.

Less than 20 miles away in the Moreno Valley, the Reche Fire is
currently 400 acres, 0% contained and burning “with a moderate rate of spread.” The fire went from 100 to 200 acres in about 90 minutes, before jumping to 400 about two hours later. Mandatory evacuations in surrounding areas have been issued, and the cause is under investigation.
In El Cerrito, the Eagle Fire, located at the intersection of Eagle Canyon Road and Cajalco Road is affecting 25-30 acres with no containment. Though forward spread has been stopped, firefighters are still working to contain and control the fire, according to a
tweet by the fire department. The cause is under investigation.
The news of the fires comes as California’s largest utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E),
cut power to parts of 22 counties in Northern California, in an preventative effort against wildfires.