Riverside County

Reche Fire in Riverside County 60% Contained, Progress Impeded

A wind-driven fire just north of Moreno Valley that blackened about 350 acres was 60% contained Friday afternoon and its progress stopped without any reported injuries or damaged structures, authorities said.

The blaze was reported at 12:55 p.m. Thursday on Reche Canyon Road, near Reche Vista Drive, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Fire officials said the blaze started with a trailer fire and jumped into surrounding vegetation, propelled by intense northeast winds.

The flame front pushed west into rugged terrain, leading to mandatory evacuations on Reche Vista north of Country Road, as well as on Covey Road at Perris Boulevard, and Reche Canyon east of Reche Vista and west of Locust Avenue. Evacuation orders were lifted at 9 p.m. yesterday and Reche Canyon Drive from Reche Vista to Locust Drive was open only to residents to come in and out, the department said.

"Please be cautious returning to your homes as fire resources continue working in the area," the RCFD said.

Sixteen engine crews and a truck company, along with two hand crews -- totaling nearly 100 personnel -- deployed in response to the wildfire, aided by two Cal Fire air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter, according to the fire department.

The Reche Fire began on Thursday, the same day a second fire began in Sylmar and spread west overnight in the Porter Ranch area north of Los Angeles, placing about 100,000 people in the path of flames.

Major freeways were closed and homes were evacuated as the Saddleridge Fire grew in a matter of hours, tearing through brush and destroying homes.

In response to the Reche and Sandalwood Fire in Riverside County and the Saddleridge Fire in Los Angeles County, Lyft activated its Wheels for All program. Those evacauting are eligible for two free rides using the code SWRRELIEF19 in the Lyft app. More details can be found here

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