Brush fire in Jurupa Valley exceeds 100 acres, threatens homes

A firefighter standing on a driveway aims a hose at a house with flames seen behind it
A brush fire burning Saturday in Riverside County led to mandatory evacuations for some residents in Jurupa Valley.

An evacuation warning was in effect late Saturday for an area of the Jurupa Valley where a brush fire grew to more than 100 acres and was threatening homes.

The Union Fire was first reported around 3:50 p.m. near Indian Camp Road and Candle Light Drive in the Riverside County community.

By 8 p.m. the fire’s progress had been stopped at 110 acres with no containment. Video from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection showed aircraft dropping retardant on the fire behind a neighborhood.


Mandatory evacuations south of Limonite Avenue were ordered around 6 p.m., with a care center opened at Patriot High School. By 10 p.m. the mandatory evacuations were replaced with an evacuation warning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Cal Fire said.

A second fire erupted in Riverside County on Friday afternoon, at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area. Though reported as fast-moving, the blaze was contained at 25 acres.