A fire in Calimesa called the Sandalwood Fire has grown quickly in California, forcing evacuations including to Mesa View Middle School. It is one of a number of fires in California today. Here are the latest updates on the fire, including live video. (Note: Some sources refer to this as the Sandlewood fire, but Riverside County spells it Sandalwood.) The photo above of the Sandalwood Fire was taken by @prmartin301, whose Twitter bio says he is a retired Cal Fire paramedic.
Videos Show the Fire’s Size
The mobile home park has been identified as the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park, according to Riverside County. The fire also poses a threat to the railway and power grid.
According to Riverside County’s incident page, the fire is located near Calimesa Boulevard and Sandalwood Drive and is currently 500 acres in size “burning at a rapid rate with numerous structures destroyed.” The 500-acre-size was reported on the incident page as of 4:30 p.m. Pacific. As of 8 p.m. Pacific, the fire was 10 percent contained and 74 structures were destroyed.
KTLA 5 provided a live video of the fire below. The video is no longer live.
Maps of the Sandalwood Fire
The map below is unofficial, but gives you an idea of the fire’s location.
The fire was described as being near the region of Calimesa Boulevard and Sandalwood Drive. The map below gives you a basic idea of where the fire is, but it’s not an exact location.
The fire is located west of Interstate 10 and a mile south of County Line Road, Desert Sun reported.
It’s best to stay away from this region if you can.
Roads are closed at 7th Street and Sandalwood and at 7th Street and County Line Road.
According to Riverside County, the following mandatory evacuations are in place as of 7:10 p.m. Pacific:
- South of 7th Street, east of County Line Road
- Mesa View Middle School (according to NBC Palm Springs and Desert Sun )
Here is a map of the evacuation region. You can see the full map here.
Evacuation Center Details:
- An evacuation shelter is now open at Mesa Grande Academy, 975 Fremont Street, Calimesa, CA.
- A care and reception center was set up at Calimesa Senior Center, 908 Park Avenue in Calimesa but it was closed at 7:30 p.m. on October 10.
- ” Large and small animals may be taken to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, located at 581 S. Grand Avenue, in San Jacinto. If residents are unable to get to their pets and need help to evacuate pets, please call (951) 358-7387,” says Riverside County.
Photos & Videos of the Fire
Here’s another video of the fire:
Yupaica-Calimesa News also reported on the fire, indicating this is the Yupaica fire that some have been tweeting about. You can see their video of the fire below.
Here is another video of the fire.
Fire officials are wasting no time bringing in every resource to fight the blaze.
One person on Facebook said that they already know of one coworker who lost everything in the fire.
How To Get Updates on the Fire
Riverside County is posting updates about the fire on its incident page here. This is a good resource for staying updated on the latest evacuation notices.
Another Large Fire Is Nearby
The Sandalwood Fire is near another fire dubbed the Reche Fire in Moreno Valley that burned 100 acres and also forced evacuations.
It’s in the 9000 block of Reche Canyon Road, according to Riverside County.
The fire started as a trailer fire and then spread to nearby vegetation.
Mandatory evacuations have been issued on Reche Canyon Road, east of Reche Vista Drive and west of Locust Avenue.
Riverside County has an information sheet here with the latest updates on evacuations and other details.
This is a developing story.