Sanderson Fire: Evacuation warning lifted as 1933 acres of flame burns near Beaumont, Riverside


BEAUMONT, CALIFORNIA (KABC) – A brushstroke that exploded early Sunday morning near Beaumont spread to 1933 acres before firefighters were able to stop it from spreading.

The Riverside County Fire Department said the Sanderson fire was reported at 1 a.m. near La Borde Canyon Road and the Jack Rabbit Trail.

No injuries or structural damage were reported.

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Shortly before 9 a.m., an evacuation warning was issued for an area that included North Gilman Springs Road and South Timothy Lane, south of Highway 60. Less than a dozen homes were affected by the warning, officials said.

The evacuation warning was cleared immediately before 1 p.m.

By 1 p.m., the county fire department announced that the fire had spread to 1,933 acres as firefighters stopped progress and reached the 10% limit.

“Firefighters had a hard time accessing the fire because their location was in deep, rugged terrain,” Cal Fire said in a statement.

There were at least 130 firefighters on the scene, the agency said. Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft were seen dropping water and Phos-Chek.

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