A wind-driven brush fire dubbed the 46 fire broke out in Jurupa Valley about 12:39 a.m. Thursday and has burned 300 acres, authorities said. The fire, which triggered mandatory evacuations, has damaged homes. The fire is 5% contained.
Residents south of Limonite Avenue, west of 46th Street, east of Van Buren Boulevard and north of the Santa Ana River.
- Patriot High School at 4355 Camino Real in Jurupa Valley
- Indian Hills Elementary
- Peralta Elementary
- Rubidoux High School
- Mission Middle School
- Granite Hill Elementary
The Santa Ana wind event fanning the flames is forecast to be unusually strong and unusually long. Forecasters warned that conditions will remain extreme through most of Thursday. The air will continue to be dry, and, although the Santa Anas will probably have peaked, they’ll still be strong, with gusts between 40 mph and 60 mph.
Overtime pay for firefighters has surged by 65% in the past decade, further evidence of the toll an unprecedented string of wildfires has taken on California.
Pacific Gas & Electric on Friday announced a $13.5 billion settlement for a string of recent fires in Northern California that killed dozens, and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.
State Insurance head Ricardo Lara announced a one-year moratorium banning insurers from not renewing policies for homeowners in fire-ravaged areas.