Four wildfires started over the weekend in the scorching Riverside County of southern California, and much of the state was under excessive heat advisories on Sunday.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Rabbit Fire, the largest of the fires, started on Friday afternoon and had consumed 7,600 acres by Sunday.
It is currently 10% contained. A vegetation fire was reported by Cal Fire officials on Friday in the Lakeview neighborhood.
The Rabbit Fire was initially estimated to be 20 acres in size and spreading quickly. Investigators with Cal Fire are still trying to determine what caused it.
According to a Sunday incident bulletin, the Rabbit Fire is threatening at least 152 properties. Authorities stated in the statement that they anticipate the fire to be completely under control by Wednesday.
According to a tweet from Cal Fire, firefighters made progress on Sunday and modified a portion of the Rabbit Fire evacuation order to an evacuation warning for a number of areas.
Cal Fire Reports On California Wildfires
The considerably smaller Reche, Highland, and Gavilan fires that erupted in Riverside County on Friday and Saturday were also being battled by firefighters.
According to a report from Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department, the evacuation orders for the Reche and Highland fires have been rescinded as of Sunday.
As of Sunday afternoon, the Reche Fire had consumed more than 435 acres and was 60% controlled, while the Highland Fire had consumed 105 acres and was 70% contained.
250 acres have been burned and 50% of the Gavilan fire in Riverside County’s unincorporated Perris region has been contained. Authorities stated that the evacuation warnings for the fire are still in effect.
When asked how the hot weather affects the flames and the firefighters, Cordova responded, “According to Cal Fire, over 3,030 wildfires have burned more than 10,400 acres across California so far in 2023.”