Sandalwood Fire Update:
Evacuation orders remain in effect at the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park, where investigators discovered the remains of a second person on Friday, Oct. 11, Cal Fire Riverside announced on Monday, Oct. 14.
According to authorities, the Sandalwood Fire, which destroyed 74 structures and caused the death of two people, grew to 1,011 acres and was 94 percent contained as of 6:28 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14.
“Firefighters will continue to improve, reinforce and secure control lines around the fire,” said CalFire Riverside in a tweet.
The identification of the second victim still has not ben released by authorities. On Friday, authorities confirmed the death of Lois Arvikson, 89, who lived on the 1100 block of Calimesa Lane inside the mobile home park.
According to the Riverside County coroner’s office, Arvikson suffered injuries around 2:46 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, and died around 6:15 p.m. at her house.
Cause of Sandalwood Fire
A truck driver from CR&R Environmental Services dumped a load on fire in the vicinity of the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park around 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
A video taken by an 8-year-old passenger and distributed over social sites shows the load of the trash truck on fire. Several videos taken by people from afar also show the trash truck in the area.
In a matter of minutes, the fire had spread through the mobile home park, destroying at least 74 structures.
According to the National Waste and Recycling Association, protocol dictates that trash on fire needs to be dumped to save the truck. The following step is to call authorities. In this instance, the driver ignored the strong winds and recommendations from a driver to dump the load somewhere else.
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said during a press conference on Friday, Oct. 11, that the driver was cooperating with authorities, which were also analyzing the possibility of pressing charges.
Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt said during the press conference, held at Noble Creek Park, in Beaumont, that protocol might change.
Reche and Wolf Fires update:
As of Sunday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 a.m., the Reche Fire near Moreno Valley was 100 percent contained at 350 acres, Cal Fire Riverside said.
Meanwhile, As of Saturday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m., the Wolf Fire was 100 percent contained at 75 acres, Cal Fire Riverside said.