Mission Fire

Jurupa Valley Fire Spreads, Forces Evacuations

The Jurupa Valley fire has spread, forcing the evacuation of several commercial and residential properties. California authorities said they believe the fire started in a vehicle storage lot. However, the Mission fire quickly spread to engulf nearly two acres.

Recent weather conditions likely contributed to the blaze. The region is currently under a Red Flag warning, which indicates severe fire danger. Red Flag warnings are issued when the air is dry and winds are strong. During Red Flag warning days, residents are warned to be specifically cautious with anything that may cause a spark or start a fire.

Plants that are exposed to prolonged periods of low moisture and high winds are a specific concern, as they act as fuel during a fire. Fueled by dry brush, the Mission fire quickly spread to several residences and commercial buildings.

Local authorities said up to 10 buildings are currently engulfed in flames. The Jurupa Valley fire forced the evacuation of several business and homes. Children at the West Riverside Elementary School and The Ribidoux Child Care center were included in the evacuations.

As reported by The Press-Enterprise, residents are urged to be cautious, as numerous power lines are down throughout the area. Cal Fire reports Mission Boulevard is current closed at the intersection of Pacific Avenue.

Authorities said the area is currently surrounded by thick black smoke. More than 100 firefighters from 27 different stations are working to contain the Mission fire. However, winds are currently gusting to 33 mph, which is hampering their efforts.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, county officials are currently preparing an evacuation center with help from the American Red Cross.

In the most recent update, officials said an area totaling one square mile is under a mandatory evacuation order. The area includes commercial buildings and homes from Pacific Avenue to Mission Boulevard, and from Riverview to 42nd Street.

Although the Jurupa Valley fire continues to burn, no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze.

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