Southern California Fairview fire: 2 killed as blaze burns 2,000 acres in Hemet, Riverside County, prompting evacuations

The fire, which broke out in the town of Hemet, destroyed at least 7 structures and damaged several others.

HEMET, Calif. — Two people were killed and another was injured on Monday after a wildfire broke out in Riverside County, Southern California, and quickly spread to 2,000 acres, officials said.

The Fairview Fire, which broke out in the town of Hemet, destroyed at least seven structures — several of which appeared to be homes — and damaged several others, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The fire was 5% contained at 10 p.m.

Evacuations were initially ordered for about 1,500 homes in the area south of Thornton Avenue, north of Polly Butte Road, west of Fairview Avenue and east of State Street.

The evacuation zone was later expanded to include the area south of Stetson, north of Cactus Valley Road, west of Fairview and east of State Street.

An evacuee care center has been established at Tahquitz High School, 4425 Titan Trail in Hemet.

Footage from our sister station ABC7’s helicopter showed several residential structures on fire.

The Fairview Fire was first reported just after 3:30 p.m. in the area of ​​Fairview Avenue and Bautista Road. At first it was estimated at 20 acres burning in light to medium vegetation, but with the long-term drought and heat wave this week, by 5 p.m., it had quickly spread to at least 500 acres. At 10 p.m. it was estimated at 2,000 acres.

Temperatures reached around 104 degrees in the Hemet area on Monday afternoon.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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