Evacuations lifted for wildfire in Riverside County

Evacuations have been lifted in the Gavilan Hills area of Riverside County as firefighters stopped the forward spread of a wildfire.

The fire was reported at 1:33 p.m. Monday by Gavilan Road and Bonita Drive, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. By about 5 p.m., fire officials said that evacuation orders had been lifted and that the fire was holding at 20 acres.

Officials had issued evacuation orders for residents east of Gavilan Road, south of Esperanza Drive, West of Piedras Road and north of Idaleona Road.

More than 100 firefighters, as well as several air tankers and helicopters were dispatched to the fire.

“We’ve had minimal rain so far this year, which means the fuel moisture out there is very low,” said April Newman, a spokesperson for the Riverside County Fire Department. “The area where the fire is burning is pretty much open field with patchy, dense brush.”