December 4, 2023

Firefighters on Thursday, Nov. 2, anticipated to make extra progress in containing the Highland fireplace in Aguanga as winds from the ocean have been forecast to extend the humidity within the mild grasses and medium-sized shrubs which were burning since Monday in rural southwest Riverside County.

“It’s going to help within the management and permit us to button up this fireplace and get house,”  Justin McGough, a spokesman for Riverside County incident command, mentioned in a video briefing.

A map of the burn space of the Highland fireplace in Aguanga on Nov. 2, 2023. (Courtesy of Cal Hearth) 

Crews on Wednesday have been capable of strengthen the maintain on the east finish of the fireplace by scratching out strains with hand instruments. They deliberate to return with fireplace hoses to proceed the job, McGough mentioned.

“There’s nonetheless fairly a little bit of sizzling materials on the east finish of the fireplace,” McGough mentioned.

The fireplace had burned 2,487 acres as of Thursday morning and was 25% contained. Containment refers back to the share of a fireplace’s perimeter that has been surrounded by a management line or pure obstacles equivalent to a pond that officers imagine the flames is not going to cross.

However the flames had diminished sufficient that officers on the scene mentioned air tankers wouldn’t be required for operations on Thursday. Two helicopters have been doing mop-up work alongside the fireplace strains.