Mecca Fire Blazing For Five Days Fully Contained

Mecca Fire Blazing For Five Days Fully Contained

News Staff

Firefighters have completely contained a 564-acre brush fire burning for almost a week in Mecca, authorities said Thursday.

The containment was accomplished at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, fire officials tweeted.

A helicopter, 27 engine crews, four water tender crews and a bulldozer operator — employing about 115 personnel — were used to battle the fire since it began early Friday afternoon near Avenue 68 and Lincoln Street.

The fire’s size doubled between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning as fire crews worked to strengthen containment lines.

The blaze was 68 percent contained on Sunday and progress was slow “due to depth of the mulch piles involved and heavy fuels,” Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said.

The mulch piles were described as six-to-eight-feet deep.

Some homes were evacuated temporarily, with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, officials tweeted, but the evacuation order was lifted Friday evening.

Two firefighters reportedly suffered minor injuries on Saturday.