California Wildfires

Firefighters Near Full Containment of Deadly Fairview Fire in Riverside County

The Fairview Fire started on Labor Day and became the largest wildfire of the year in California.

A deadly wildfire that burned more than 28,000 acres in Riverside County was near full containment two weeks after breaking out on Labor Day.

The 28,300-acre Fairview Fire was 98-percent contained Sunday afternoon in the Hemet area. All evacuations and warnings were lifted.

The fire started Sept. 5 on Fairview Avenue and Bautista Road and became California's largest wildfire of 2022. Two people, a father and daughter, were killed when they tried to escape flames and at least 36 structures were destroyed.

The cause remains under investigation.

Officials have set up a recovery call center to assist residents who had their homes damaged or destroyed in the fire. The number is 951-358-5134 and is staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

California continues to face longer wildfire seasons as a direct result of climate change, according to CAL FIRE.

In Northern California, the Mosquito Fire in the Sierra foothills northeast of Sacramento was 38 percent contained after downpours on Sunday.

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