Chaparral Fire in Riverside County burns 1,427 acres, 50% contained; evacuations lifted

All information is up to date as of 7:34 p.m. on Aug. 30.

KUSI is continuing to update readers as the information comes.

MURRIETA (KUSI) – The Chaparral Fire sparked Saturday around noon by Tenaja and Cleveland Forest roads in Riverside County, quickly growing to 1,427 acres and 50% containment, said fire officials on Monday.

Firefighters planned to continue working throughout the week to cool hot spots and build a containment line, Cal Fire San Diego said in a tweet.

Evacuation warnings have been lifted for Riverside County and evacuation orders have been reduced to evacuation warnings, with residents able to return to the area, said Cal Fire San Diego.

On Saturday, the Riverside County Fire Department ordered evacuations for residents north of Tenaja Road, west of Cali Pino/Gallop Lane, south of Hombre Lane, west of Cleveland National Forest, north of Tenaja Truck Road, south of Calle Cielo, east of Calle Collado and west of Calle Be Bietol.

The fire started approximately at this location and threatened the De Luz, La Cresta, and Cleveland National Forest areas.

A map of the evacuated areas can be seen here.


Evacuation Centers:ย 

Murrieta Valley High School, 42200 Nighthawk, Murrieta 92562

Animal evacuations for small animals: Animal Friends of the Valley, 33751 Mission Trail, Wildomar

Large Animals: San Jacinto Animal Shelter, 581 S. Grand, San Jacinto

Red Cross volunteers were at Murrieta Valley High School with food, water, and more.

One firefighter received minor injuries and two structures were destroyed, the Riverside County Fire Department said on Sunday.

The fire spread to Riverside and San Diego Counties, but did not threaten Orange County.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen from San Diego County, Orange County, and Riverside County on Saturday.

Residents took to Twitter to post pictures of the far-reaching smoke plumes and the visible orange sun behind the smoke.

The Orange County Fire Authority posted footage from one of their helicopters above the flames.

While officials have named the incident the “Chaparral Fire,” information is being shared under two different hashtag spellings, #ChapparalFire and #ChaparralFire, on Twitter.

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