Riverside County fire holding at about 490 acres; evacuation orders lifted

A brush fire that erupted Saturday in the Riverside County community of Juniper Flats had held to about 490 acres by Sunday night with no significant growth, and mandatory evacuations were lifted, officials said.

The fire broke out shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2100 block of Horseshoe Trail, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. As of Sunday night, the fire was 30% contained.

Dozens of homes were evacuated in San Jacinto near the intersection of Cottonwood Avenue and Warren Road, officials said. Homes west of Warren Road and south of Mulberry Street were also placed under mandatory evacuation, officials said.

The evacuation orders, which affected about 60 homes and roughly 200 residents, were lifted on Sunday afternoon.

A care and reception center was set up at Tahquitz High School at 4425 Titan Trail in Hemet.


No injuries have been reported.

More than 200 firefighters — assisted by two air tankers and a helicopter — were battling the blaze, dubbed the Horseshoe fire.