Firefighters announced 100 percent containment on the 12-acre fire Thursday afternoon, but the damage was already done. The blaze destroyed two structures, badly damaged two others and destroyed 10 cars and a boat.
Authorities say the fire started at a median along Van Buren Boulevard at Jurupa Road shortly before 8:30 a.m. The fire was started by a discarded hot object, most likely a cigarette, according to the Riverside County Fire Dept.
The flames jumped the road, quickly spread to a field and into a neighborhood on Jurupa Road. Many residents were forced to run out of their homes.
Area resident Jorge Delgado had to run out of his house quickly. He was waiting to see if he would have a home to return to. Delgado said he couldn't do anything to stop the flames because they were moving so quickly.
Several animals also had to be rescued. Many residents have horses and were worried about their safety.
Authorities say several sheriff's deputies ran into burning structures to save pets. No injuries were reported.
Van Buren Elementary School was evacuated. Students were bused to Mira Loma Middle School nearby so parents could pick them up.