THOUSAND PALMS (CNS) – A 20-acre brush fire that also engulfed a grove
of palm trees in Thousand Palms was fully contained today.
Fire crews cleared the scene at 1:20 a.m., according to the Riverside
County Fire Department.
The blaze began as a large mulch fire just after 6:30 p.m. Monday in
the 29000 block of Calle Castillo Lane, officials said.
As firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire extended into nearby
palm trees. Officials assigned nine engines and one battalion chief to the
fire, which expanded to 20 acres in about 90 minutes.
An evacuation order was issued for the area north of 30th Avenue, east
of Calle Castillo, south of Burr Oak Road and west of Desert Moon Drive.
Approximately five structures were affected by the order. Additionally, 12
residences were issued a shelter in place order south of 30th Avenue.
The shelter in place order was lifted around midnight Tuesday morning,
and the evacuation order was lifted at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, when all roads in
the area were also reopened.
The cause of the fire was under investigation. No injuries or property
damage were reported.
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