Sanderson Fire: Evacuation warning lifted as 1,933-acre blaze burns near Beaumont

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Monday, December 14, 2020
1,933-acre Sanderson Fire burns near Beaumont
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Firefighters had stopped the forward progress of the Sanderson Fire after it burned 1,933 acres near Beaumont in Riverside County.

BEAUMONT, Calif. (KABC) -- A brush fire that erupted early Sunday morning near Beaumont spread to 1,933 acres before firefighters were able to stop its forward spread.

The Sanderson Fire was reported about 1 a.m. near La Borde Canyon Road and Jack Rabbit Trail, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

No injuries or structural damage were reported.

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Shortly before 9 a.m., an evacuation warning was issued for an area that included North Gilman Springs Road and South Timothy Lane, just south of the 60 Freeway. Less than a dozen homes were affected by the warning, officials said.

The evacuation warning was lifted just before 1 p.m.

By 1 p.m., the county fire department said the fire had spread to 1,933 acres as firefighters had stopped the forward progress and reached about 10% containment.

"Firefighters had difficulty accessing the fire due to its location deep into rugged terrain," Cal Fire said in a statement.

At least 130 firefighters were on the scene, the agency said. Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft were seen dropping water and Phos-Chek on the flames.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory through Monday, saying smoke and ash from the fire will carry into portions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.