Bogart Fire in Cherry Valley grows to 1,000 acres; 10 percent contained

ByRob McMillan and staff via KABC logo
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Crews are battling a 600-acre brush fire in Cherry Valley near Beaumont on Tuesday.

CHERRY VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- A brush fire in Cherry Valley near Beaumont has rapidly grown to 1,000 acres, CalFire officials said Tuesday night.

Riverside County fire officials said the blaze broke out in the area of Winesap Avenue and International Park Road at about 1 p.m.

Authorities said evacuations were lifted in Highland Springs Village Mobile Home Park at 10350 Overland Trail in Cherry Valley.

Residents within the Banning Bench area, which includes the Chatigny Senior Center, Oak Valley Parkway and Cherry Avenue, also had evacuation orders lifted, fire officials announced around 8 p.m. CalFire officials said residents would be allowed back into their homes with a valid ID around 10 p.m.

Firefighters were laying down pink Phos-Chek lines to try to protect structures in the area.

At least five water-dropping helicopters and nine air tankers, including a DC-10, had been involved in dropping water and fire retardant, but fire officials said they were releasing some air resources.

More than 300 firefighters are battling the brush fire that has been dubbed the Bogart Fire.

Officials said they had been making good progress battling the blaze and by 8 p.m. had listed it as 10 percent contained. They said 400 homes had been evacuated earlier in the day - 200 in Banning Bench and 200 at the mobile home park and surrounding neighborhood in Cherry Valley.

Winds were in the 10-15 mph range in the area, with gusts up to 25 mph.