A dangerous fire broke out on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Jurupa Valley, in Riverside County, injuring at least one civilian, forcing evacuations of thousands of residents, threatening hundreds of homes and forcing the closure of a major highway.
According to Cal Fire Riverside, the Hill Fire started around 9:58 a.m. near Granite Hill Dr. and Pyrite St. in Jurupa Valley. In less than an hour, the fire had grown to 50 acres, by noon to 100 acres, and by 2 p.m. to 200 acres, forcing evacuations in two mobile home parks, Santiago Estates and Bravo Estates.
Fed by the Santa Ana winds, the flames jumped the 60 Freeway, forcing authorities to shut it down in both directions. By 1 p.m. on Wednesday, the Hill Fire was 0 percent contained and was threatening yet another neighborhood. However, an hour later it was 5 percent contained.
Authorities ordered then new evacuations at west of Lindsay, east of Grapevine, north of Van Buren and s of Philadelphia.
A Care and reception Center was opened at Patriot High School, located at 4355 Camino Real, in Jurupa Valley.