• Evacuation Orders Lifted for Chaparral Fire, Which is 50% Contained

    All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted for the 1,427-acre Chaparral Fire in Riverside and San Diego counties, which remained at 50% containment Wednesday. The fire erupted last weekend at the edge of the Cleveland National Forest in southwest Riverside County. Mandatory evacuations had been ordered for residents north of the Tenaja Truck Trail, […]

  • Supervisors Re-Authorize Rental Assistance Program, Add $61 Million in Aid

    The Board of Supervisors Tuesday authorized continuation of the Riverside County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, with $61.63 million in additional funds now available to aid residents impacted by coronavirus public health lockdowns that left them struggling to pay their bills. In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board directed the county Department of Housing, Homelessness […]

  • 3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northwest of Hemet

    A magnitude 3.1 earthquake with an epicenter near Hemet was recorded Wednesday night, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The epicenter of the 11:51 p.m. quake was 0.9 miles northwest of Hemet, 2.5 miles southwest of San Jacinto, 2.9 miles west northwest of East Hemet and 5.3 miles west of Valle Vista, […]

  • County Supervisor Chuck Washington Quarantines After COVID-19 Exposure

    Riverside County Third District Supervisor Chuck Washington is under quarantine Monday after being exposed to someone infected with COVID-19. Washington began his isolation on Wednesday after being notified that he had come into contact the day prior with a person infected with coronavirus, the supervisor’s chief of staff, Michelle DeArmond, wrote in an email. “It’s […]

  • Over 100 acres burning near Hemet

    Fire crews are on scene of a 122 acre fire in an unincorporated area of Riverside County near Hemet. The blaze was reported around 3:00 p.m. Monday and started at just five acres at California Avenue and Stowe Road. As of 5:00 p.m. the forward rate of spread has been stopped, but crews will remain […]

  • Bonita Fire Holding at 715 Acres as Containment Increases to 40%

    MOUNTAIN CENTER (CNS) – More than 200 firefighters held a brush fire burning near Mountain Center at 715 acres Monday and were working to clear more vegetation around it. Early Monday, the Bonita Fire was at 40% containment and fire activity was described as minimal, with any flare-ups in unburned chaparral and brush within the […]

  • Man Found Dead After Fight Outside Hemet Tavern

    HEMET (CNS) – A man was apparently beaten to death during an altercation outside a Hemet bar early Monday. The fatality occurred shortly after midnight near the intersection of Carmalita Street and Florida Avenue, according to the Hemet Police Department. Lt. Nathan Miller said that the fight, “involving several patrons,” spilled out of the tavern […]

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