Rise Up Logo

Call Us Today!
(562) 659-9599

Firefighters contain blaze on the edge of Pechanga Indian Reservation

Firefighters contain blaze on the edge of Pechanga Indian Reservation

A brush fire on the edge of the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Temecula scorched about five acres before crews gained control of it Thursday, July 30.

The blaze was reported about 5 p.m. in the area of Murphy and Pechanga roads, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department officials. No structures were threatened.

Several Pechanga Fire Department and Cal Fire teams were dispatched to battle the fire, and encountered flames moving at a slow rate in medium vegetation. Air tankers and a helicopter were summoned to drop fire retardant and water onto the blaze, Pechanga Fire Department spokesman Jacob Mejia said.

Firefighters successfully established containment lines and stopped the fire’s forward rate of spread at 5:40 p.m.

“We are grateful for the swift work of Pechanga Fire and CalFire in containing this incident,” Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Mark Macarro, said.  “Had this fire spread, many homes and structures would have been lost and threatened.”

The blaze was expected to be fully contained by nightfall. The cause was under investigation.

 


Press Enterprise