Riverside Fire Department

Doolittle Incident

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Incident Name: Doolittle Incident

Date Reported: 7/27/2023

Time Reported: 1717 Hours

Incident Location: 6700 Doolittle Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503

Ward #: Ward 7 Hemenway

Type of Incident: Vegetation Fire

Incident Number: RIV #23-025258

Control Time: 7/27/2023 at 1845 Hours





Non Injury:

Displaced Persons:

Loss: 5500

Save: 3,000,000


  • Cause undetermined after investigation
  • Evacuations:

    Evacuation Comments:

    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 1

    Engine Companies: 7

    Truck Companies: 0

    Squad(s): 1


    Firefighter(s): 28

    Safety Officer(s):

    Public Information Officer(s):

    Fire Investigator(s): 1

    Overhead Personnel:

    Mutual Aid:

    Specialized Equipment:


    Utilities: Yes

    Red Cross:

    Percent (%) Contained or Completed: 100

    Total (%) of Perimeter that will be Contained:

    Incident Size Acreage: 6 Acres

    Current Situation

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    At 1717 on 7/27/2023 the City of Riverside Fire Department was dispatched to a smoke investigation call in the area of Doolittle and Morris.  The initial unit saw a large column of smoke and requested a full vegetation response.  On arrival they found approximately 1-2 acres of vegetation burning with a direct threat to neighboring businesses.  Additional units were requested and an attack on the fire was initiated.  The fire was brought under control at 1845 hours, with full extinguishment at 2100 hours.  The final size of the fire was 6 acres, having burned in both light grass and dense vegetation in and around Hole Lake.  There was very limited damage to a storage container to the rear of one of the businesses on Doolittle, but no damage to any structures.  The cause of the fire was undetermined, but with human involvement as there were numerous homeless encampments in the burn area.  There were no injuries to firefighters of civilians.

    Assisting Aid Agencies

  • Riverside Public Utilities
  • RPD

  • Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Garrett Coryell

    Prepared By: Battalion Chief Garrett Coryell

    Date / Time Posted: 7/27/2023 2238

    Information Center: 951.351.6120