Last modified on Nov 01, 2006

Esperanza Fire

Esperanza Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: November 1, 2006 7:00 am   FINAL
Date/Time Started: October 26, 2006 1:12 am  
Administrative Unit: CDF Riverside Unit / Riverside County Fire  
Location: Esperanza and San Gorgonio Wash  
Acres Burned - Containment: 40,200 acres  
Estimated - Containment: 100% containment - 40,200 acres  
Structures Destroyed:34 homes and 20 outbuildings destroyed.  
Evacuations: Evacuations have been lifted  
Road Closures :0%  
Injuries: 5 firefighter fatalities, 12 minor injuries  
Cause: Arson 
Cooperating Agencies: CDF, Riverside County Sheriff, U.S. Forest Service, CHP, American Red Cross, Banning Police Department, San Bernardino Forest, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Office of Emergency Services, Pechange Fire Departmento.  
Total Fire Personnel: 1,587  
Total Fire Engines: 92  
Total Fire crews: 54  
Total Helicopters: 3  
Total Dozers: 7  
Total Water Tenders: 10  
Costs to date: $9.9 million  
Incident Management Team: CDF Team # 8  
Conditions: The fire is burning in annual grasses and light brush. Significant demobilization of excess resources began yesterday and will continue today. Highway 79 (Lamb Canyon Rd.) is opened in both directions. Hwy. 243 was opened to the public at 10am from Banning to Poppet Flats, but has been closed indefinitely. Caltrans has completely closed Highway 243 between Wesley Rd. on the north end to Twins Pines on the south end. Residents living south of Twin Pines must use SR74 from Hemet to access their property. Please call Caltrans at 1-800-427-ROAD(7623) for information or visit their website at
Evacuation Centers: The evacuation center at Hemet High School on 41701 E. Stetson Avenue in Hemet has been closed. The single evacuee has been moved over to the Beaumont evacuation center. The Fellowship of the Pass Church at 650 Oak Valley Parkway (TB 690 J7) in Beaumont is still open. The church's number is (951) 845-2693x01.
If you have any information regarding the cause of this fire please contact the Sheriff's Tip Line at 951-922-7116. For those who are looking for relatives or friends who might have gone to one of the evacuation centers, please call the Riverside Chapter of the American Red Cross at 951-656-4218.  

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