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Conestoga Incident

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Incident Name: Conestoga Incident

Date Reported: 5/24/2022

Time Reported: 1509 Hours

Incident Location: 5400 Block of Conestoga, Riverside, CA 92505

Ward #: Ward 3 Fierro

Type of Incident: Vegetation Fire

Incident Number: RIV #22-017336

Control Time: 5/24/2022 at 1600 Hours





Non Injury:

Displaced Persons:

Loss: $50,000

Save: $2,500,000


  • Failure of equipment or heat source
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    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 2

    Engine Companies: 5

    Truck Companies: 1



    Firefighter(s): 22

    Safety Officer(s): 1

    Public Information Officer(s): 1

    Fire Investigator(s): 1

    Overhead Personnel: 1

    Mutual Aid:

    Specialized Equipment:

    EOC: 1


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    Current Situation

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    On Tuesday May 24, 2022, at 1509 Hours, the City of Riverside Fire Department responded a first alarm structure fire assignment to the 5400 Block of Conestoga Lane for reports of a structure fire.  Firefighters arrived to find 7 residential backyards with vegetation on fire along with vegetation on fire on the Union Pacific Railroad Right Away.  Three additional engine companies were requested to the incident along with support staff.  Firefighters contained the vegetation fire and there was no damage to residential structures.  During the operation, the train tracks were shut down for one hour which affected Metrolink and Union Pacific operations.  The tracks were re-opened.  There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

    Investigator 1 determined the cause of the fire to probable train malfunction but accidental in nature. 

    Assisting Aid Agencies

    Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 5/24/2022

    Information Center: 951.237.6310