Brush Fire Erupts in Mecca Near Site of Blaze That Took Five Days to Douse

Brush Fire Erupts in Mecca Near Site of Blaze That Took Five Days to Douse

News Staff

A vegetation fire broke out Friday afternoon in Mecca, near the scene of a 564-acre blaze that took nearly a week to extinguish.

The fire broke out at 1:50 p.m. in the vicinity of Lincoln Street and Avenue 70 amid heavy brush and quickly blackened several acres, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Ten engines and a water tender were deployed to the scene.

The previous fire began last Friday near Avenue 68 and Lincoln Street, triggering the temporary evacuation of some homes, and was fully contained about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Progress on getting a handle on that fire was slow “due to depth of the mulch piles involved and heavy fuels,” Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said.