A brush fire that began in Bogart Park in Cherry Valley on August 30 at around 12:30 pm has grown in size overnight, according to Officials. The blaze was determined by investigators to have been caused by the activity of juveniles in the park area and are seeking information or leads that will bring them to reveal those responsible.
As of today, the fire has been reported to have burnt 1,470 acres and Riverside County Fire Department stated that they had the blaze contained at about 60%. Because of the danger, several communities were evacuated but residents were allowed to return to their homes the evening of Tuesday, August 30.
Firefighters attacked the Bogart Fire aggressively attempting to contain it as quickly as possible and taking action to prevent as much damage as possible to populated areas. Fire Officials didn’t want a to risk what happened with the recent disaster caused by the more massive Blue Cut Wildfire that burnt 37,000 acres surrounding the area of the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, where it began.
More than 400 firefighters were working to contain the Bogart Fire and two suffered non-life threatening injuries. No civilians were injured but as of today, the fire continues to burn although containment is increasing.
Investigators discovered footprints and other evidence leading them to believe the blaze was caused by “juvenile activity” near the north end of Winesap Ave, close to the entry gates to the park. Anyone with information regarding activity of juveniles in the park area, juveniles entering the park or any other information they may think could be useful in identifying those responsible, are asked to call the Arson Hotline at 800-633-2836.
Below is footage and images of the fire including today’s report on KTLA5 which includes pieces of my footage.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.
*UPDATE 09/01/2016* Containment of the fire is now 90%.
INCIDENT INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Riverside County Fire Department in cooperation with CAL FIRE
|Incident Name: Bogart (CONTAINED)||Type of Incident: Wildland Fire|
|Incident Address: Winesap Avenue X International Park Road||Incident Number: CA-RRU-105125|
|Community: Cherry Valley||Date Reported: 8/30/2016|
|Time Reported: 12:25 PM|
|Est. Containment Time: 9/2/2016 6:00 PM|
|Est. Control Time:|
|Saved: $0.00||Evacuations: Yes|
|Cause: Human – Caused ( See comments section )||Evacuation Comments: UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 8:45 p.m. – Evacuations have been lifted for the Banning Bench area. Residents can return with valid ID. UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 8:16 p.m. – Evacuations for the Banning Bench area will be lifted at 10:00 p.m. tonight. Update 8/30/16 @ 8:09 p.m. – Evacuations have been lifted for the Highland Springs Mobile Home Park as of 8:00 p.m. Evacuation orders remain in effect for the Banning Bench area. Update 8/30/16 @ 2:54 p.m. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has implemented evacuation orders for all residences on the Banning Bench. Update 8/30/16 @ 2:44 p.m. – An evacuation Center has been established at the Albert A. Chatigny Senior Community Center (Beaumont Senior Center), 1310 Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont. Highland Springs Village Mobile Home Park, 10350 Overland Trail in Cherry Valley 92223 is being evacuated by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.|
|(Recent updates are posted at the top of the Current Situation)|
UPDATE [FINAL] fire is 1,470 acres and 100% contained. This will be the final update unless incident activity warrants otherwise.
UPDATE 09/02/2016 at 6:00 a.m.: The fire remains at 1,470 acres and is 95% contained.
UPDATE 09/01/2016 6:00 P.M. : The fire is 1470 acres and 90% contained.
UPDATE 9/1/16 @ 10:00 a.m. – The fire is now 80% contained and remains at 1,470 acres. UPDATE 9/1/16 @ 6:40 a.m. – The fire remains at 1,470 acres and 60% contained. There are 58 engines, 17 crews, 6 dozers, 7 water tenders, and 1 helicopter assigned to the incident today for a total of 513 firefighters. UPDATE 8/31/16 @ 6:20 p.m. – The fire is now 1,470 acres and 60% contained. Unless significant activity occurs, the next update will be tomorrow morning.
UPDATE 08/31/2016 1:30 p.m.: Fire is now 1300 acres and 45% contained.
UPDATE 08/31/2016 6:45 A.M.: Fire is now 1250 acres and 20% contained. Air and ground resources remain assigned to the incident. Any additional updates will be posted as information becomes available.
UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 10:25 p.m. – The fire remains at 1,000 acres and 10% contained. Unless there is significant activity, the next update will be posted tomorrow morning after morning briefing at 7:00 a.m. UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 9:27 p.m. – The evacuation center at the Albert A. Chatigny Senior Center, 1310 Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont will close at 10:00 p.m. The large animal shelter located at Noble Creek Park, 390 Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont has closed, and the small animal shelter located at 660 Orange Avenue in Beaumont will close tomorrow morning after the final animals are picked up by their owners. UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 8:45 p.m. – Evacuations have been lifted for the Banning Bench area. Residents can return with valid ID. Update 8/30/16 @ 8:09 p.m. – Evacuations have been lifted for the Highland Springs Mobile Home Park as of 8:00 p.m. Evacuation orders remain in effect for the Banning Bench area. The fire is now 1,000 acres and 10% contained.
UPDATE 6:45 P.M.: CAL FIRE Investigators have determined the fire to be human-caused. Anyone with information witnessing or have knowledge of juvenile activity near the north end of Winesap Avenue near the entrance gate to Bogart Park in Beaumont around 12:30 p.m. this afternoon (08/30/2016) is urged to call the Arson Hotline at (800) 633-2836. All calls are anonymous.
UPDATE 8/20/2016 @5:30 P.M.: The fire is now approximately 700 acres and 5% contained. CAL FIRE is in Unified Command with the USFS.
Evacuation Orders remain in effect for the Banning Bench and the Highland Springs RV Park.
A large Animal Shelter is located at Noble Creek Park, located at 390 Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont, 92223. A small animal shelter is located across the street from the address: 660 Orange Avenue, Beaumont, 92223.
UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 4:40 p.m. – The fire is now 5% contained. UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 4:05 p.m. – The fire is now 500 acres and 0% contained. Approximately 700 people have been displaced, and approximately 200 homes have been evacuated. One out building has been destroyed. One firefighter has been transported to an area hospital for a non-life threatening injury. UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 3:02 p.m. – The fire is now 400 acres and 0% contained. UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 2:25 p.m. – The fire is now 120 acres and remains at a rapid rate of spread. UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 2:19 p.m. – Two Public Information Officers are en route to the incident. They will be there in approximately thirty to fourty-five minutes. UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 1:49 p.m. – Highland Springs Village Mobile Home Park at 10350 Overland Trail in Cherry Valley is being evacuated by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 1:30 p.m. – The fire is now 100 acres in size. UPDATE 8/30/16 @ 1:13 p.m. – The fire is now 15 acres in size and burning at a rapid rate of spread. CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters with the assistance on CAL Fire San Bernardino are on scene of a vegeation fire in the area Winesap Avenue X International Park Road in Cherry Valley. The fire is approximately seven to eight acres in size, burning at a moderate rate of spread, with no immediate structure threat. Additional ground and air resources have been requested. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.
|Firefighters: 30||Utilities: No|
|Law Enforcement: No||Engine Companies: 5|
|Air Attack: No||Fire Crews: 1|
|EMD: No||Overhead Personnel: 2||Water Tenders: 2|
|American Red Cross: No||Fire Investigator: Yes||Bulldozers: 1|
|Public Information Officer: No||Displaced Persons: No|
|Specialized Equipment: None,|
|American Medical Response, American Red Cross, Banning PD, Beaumont PD, BDU/CAL FIRE, CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Bernardino, City of Banning, City of Beaumont, March ARB, Morongo Fire Department, Riverside County Fire Emergency Management Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, USFS – San Bernardino, Office of Emergency Services.
On the Los Angeles Times: Bogart Fire in Riverside County