Twin fires burn down structures in Cabazon, prompting evacuation orders

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
Twin fires burn down structures in Cabazon; prompt evacuation orders
As of Wednesday afternoon, one of those fires has burned 80 acres and is 75% contained. The other has scorched 15 acres but is only about 10% contained.

CABAZON, Calif. (KABC) -- Two vegetation fires that erupted Wednesday morning in Cabazon and burned nearly 100 acres are 100% contained, Riverside County Fire Department officials announced.

The so-called Almond Fire was actually two fires burning in the same area.

They were reported about 11:45 a.m. near the intersection of Bonita Avenue and Poplar Street, the Fire Department said on Twitter.

The parallel fires were estimated to be 15 and 80 acres, respectively, and the latter was 75% contained as of 4:30 p.m. before they were reported fully contained just before 10 p.m., according to the fire department.

The fire department reported all road closures and evacuation warnings were lifted. Two fire engines will remain at incident overnight, patrolling for any hot spots.

At least four structures have been destroyed.

Video from AIR7 HD showed at least one single-story home was destroyed by flames. Surrounding homes were covered with pink Phos-Chek that had been dropped from above by aircraft.

No injuries were immediately reported. The cause of the fire was unknown.