Saturday, December 05, 2020

Fire near Corona Municipal Airport (KAJO) grows to 1,000 acres, 20% contained

Firefighters made progress Friday, December 4th, on three Riverside County fires that collectively had burned hundreds of acres.

A wildfire burning north of the Corona Municipal Airport was 20% contained, while fire crews reached total containment of a brush fire in the unincorporated Nuevo area, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department officials said.

Containment is reached when firefighters surround the fire by digging lines in the soil, removing vegetation with hand tools and bulldozers or by relying on other barriers like roads, rocky terrain and rivers.

The Airport fire had scorched 1,000 acres, and the Nuevo area one, the Cerritos fire, was held at 200 acres.

The Airport fire broke out shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Prado Reservoir area bordering Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Personnel battled the blaze as it burned through thick vegetation, preventing it from damaging nearby structures.

The Cerritos fire erupted just after 2 a.m. Thursday in the 23900 block of California Avenue, growing from 10 acres to 200 acres within two hours. More than 150 firefighters, aided by water-dropping aircraft, were able to hold the fire lines in check.

Crews on Friday morning were also mopping up a third, smaller blaze that broke out Thursday in mulch in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue on the border of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. That blaze spread to a pallet yard and the Santa Ana River, where river dwellers were ordered to evacuate.

“We’re making pretty good progress,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Bennett said Friday. “But these piles, some are 30 feet high, just pushing the piles around. … It’s going to take a few more days.”

The cause of each fire was under investigation.

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